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seismologist , geophysics educator

Paul Granston Richards, American Geophysics educator, seismologist. Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1977-1978, MacArthur Foundation fellow, 1981-1986. Fellow Royal Astronomical Society; member American Geophysical Union (Macelwane award 1976), Council Foreign Rels.


Richards, Paul Granston was born on March 31, 1943 in Cirencester, England. Arrived in United States, 1965. Naturalized, 1980. Son of Albert George and Kathleen Margaret (Harding) Richards.


Bachelor, Cambridge University, England, 1965. Master of Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1970.


Assistant professor geology Columbia University, New York City, 1971—1976, chairman geological science, 1980-1983, associate professor geological science, 1976—1979, professor geological science, 1979—1996. Mellon professor natural science Columbia. University, 1987—2008.

Professor earth and environmental science Columbia University, 1996—2008. Associate director Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, 1980—1983, member administrative committee, 1987—1990, 1994—1998. Seismic review panel United States Air Force Tactical Applications Center, since 1985.

Member Council Foreign Relations, since 1992.


  • His professional memberships include the Seismological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Royal Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union (Fellow since 1977), Arms Control Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow since 1993), Council on Foreign Relations, International Society of Explosives Engineers, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fellow). Richards received the Harry Fielding Reid medal of the Seismological Society of America in 2010.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Astronomical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Geophysical Union (member council 1990-1994, president seismology section, 1992-1996. Macelwane award 1976). Member Inc. Research Institutions for Seismology (chairman presidential search committee, 1985, 1990, executive committee, 1987-1990, vice-chairman board directors, 1988-1990, standing committee data management center, 1996-1999, nominating committee, 2003-2004), Seismological Society America (board directors 2002-2009, Reid medalist 2009), Society Exploration Geophysicists, Arms Control Association.


Married Jody Margaret Porterfield, June 1, 1968. Children: Mark, Jessica, Gillian.

Albert George Richards

Kathleen Margaret (Harding) Richards

Jody Margaret Porterfield

Jessica Richards

Gillian Richards

Mark Richards