Wardell Pomeroy

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Wardell Baxter Pomeroy (December 6, 1913 – September 6, 2001) was an American sexologist and co-author with Alfred C. Kinsey.


Pomeroy was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of Percy W. and Mary A. Pomeroy.[1] He graduated from Indiana University (BA, 1935; MA, 1942) and earned a Ph.D. in psychology in 1954 from Columbia University. While working as a psychologist in an Indiana state hospital, he met Kinsey and came to work on his seminal sex-research project. Pomeroy personally recorded approximately 6,000 sexual histories. He was co-author with Kinsey on the landmark books Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953). He went into the private practice of sex therapy in New York City in 1963 and wrote books about adolescent sexuality for popular consumption. In 1976, he became dean of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and an adjunct professor at California Medical School and California State University at Northridge. Pomeroy retired due to declining health in 1983 and died in Bloomington, Indiana of Lewy body dementia.

Pomeroy was portrayed in the 2004 theatrical film Kinsey by Chris O'Donnell.


  • A.C. Kinsey, W.B. Pomeroy, C.E. Martin, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, (Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders, 1948). ISBN 0-253-33412-8.
  • A.C. Kinsey, W.B. Pomeroy, C.E. Martin, P.H. Gebhard, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, (Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders, 1953). ISBN 0-253-33411-X.
  • Boys and Sex (New York: Delacorte, 1968) ISBN 0-385-30250-9
  • Girls and Sex (New York: Delacorte, 1970) ISBN 0-385-30251-7
  • Dr. Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research (New York: Harper and Row, 1972) ISBN 0-300-02916-0
  • Your Child and Sex: A Guide for Parents (New York: Delacorte, 1974) ISBN 0-440-08109-2


  • "In Memoriam: Wardell B. Pomeroy," Archives of Sexual Behavior 31(2): 155–156 (2002).