Bachelor of Science, University New Mexico, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy., University of California at Los Angeles, 1957. Geological oceanographer United States N. Hydrographic Office, Suitland, Maryland, 1957-1960.
Resident research associate United States Navy Electronics Laboratory, San Diego, 1960-1961. Head earth science branch United States Office Naval Research, London, 1961-1963. Postdoctoral fellow Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, 1963-1964.
Associate professor University Illinois, Urbana, 1964-1968, professor, 1969. Director Marine Geotechnical Laboratory, professor oceanography and ocean engineering Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1969-1982. Senior consultant, vice president research and development Fugro B.V., Leidschendam, Netherlands, 1982-1987.
President A. F. Richards & Associates, Inc., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1975-1983, director, 1983-1987. President Adrian Richards Company, Aalsmeer, since 1987. Professor Technology University of Delft, since 1988.
Consultant ocean engineering United Nations Educational, Paris, 1974, since 1979. Consultant ocean energy United Nations, New York City, 1979. Advisor National Oceanic, Rockville, Maryland, 1977-1981.
Editor: Marine Geotechnique, 1967. European Science Notes (journal.), 1963. Associate editor Journal Ocean Engineering, since 1975.
Editor-in-chief Journal Marine Geotechnology, 1975-1983, associate editor for Europe, since 1983. Member editorial board Industrial Council Oceanology Journal, since 1987.
Fellow Geological Society of America, Geological Society London, American Society of Civil Engineers, Marine Technology Society (vice president 1969-1971), American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Geophysical Society, British Geotechnical Society, International Society Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Royal Geological and Mining Society Netherlands, Royal Institute Engineers Netherlands, Society Underwater Technology, Strategic Planning Society.