Born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England


B.A. (Mathematics), University of Cambridge


M.S. (Geology) California Institute of Technology


Ph.D. (Geophysics), California Institute of Technology

1981 -- 1986

Five-year MacArthur Fellowship

1984 -- 1985

Foster Fellow, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

1987 -- 2008

Mellon Prof. of Nat. Sciences, Columbia Univ.

1989 -- 1990

Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (on sabbatical)

1992 -- 1994

President/Seismology, American Geophysical Union

1993 -- 1994

Foster Fellow, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

2000 -- 2001

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

2008 – present

Retired from full-time professorship, but continues part-time teaching and research at Lamont/Columbia



Member of review panels for Air Force Technical Applications Center (1984 -- present), Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (1985 -- 86), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (1986), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (1989).

Member, US CD delegation June 1994 in Geneva - presented Expert's Paper on Problems for CTBT monitoring posed by chemical explosions

Member, NAS/NRC Panels advising the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Energy on technical issues related to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, 1995 -- 1997. Also 2000 -- 2003, and 2009 -- 2011.

Board of Directors, Seismological Society of America, 2002 -- 2005.





(subset of more than 100 total publications --- go to curriculum vitae (long) for a more complete list and to download copies of papers since about 2000)

  1. Keiiti Aki & Paul G. Richards, Quantitative Seismology: Theory and Methods, advanced text in two volumes, W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco, California, February 1980. Russian edition, 1983. Chinese edition, 1986. Revised American edition, published in one volume by a new publisher, University Science Books, in 2002. Japanese edition, July 2002.
  2. Steven Taylor, Howard Patton, & Paul G. Richards, editors, Explosion Source Phenomenology, 268 pages, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, December 1991.
  3. Song, Xiaodong, and Paul G. Richards, Seismological evidence for differential rotation of the Earth's inner core, Nature, 382, 221-224, July 18 1996.
  4. Richards, Paul G., and Won-Young Kim, Testing the nuclear test-ban treaty, Nature, 389, 781-782, October 23 1997.
  5. Khalturin, Vitaly I., Tatyana G. Rautian, and Paul G. Richards, The seismic signal strength of chemical explosions, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 88, 1511-1524, 1998.
  6. Barker, Brian, and 18 co-authors including Paul G. Richards, Seismology: Monitoring Nuclear Tests, Science, 281, # 5385, pages 1967-1968, issue of 25 Sept 1998.
  7. Richards, Paul G., Earth's Inner Core -- Discoveries and Conjectures, Astronomy & Geophysics, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, February 2000.
  8. Khalturin, Vitaly I., Tatyana G. Rautian, and Paul G. Richards, A study of small magnitude seismic events during 1961 -- 1989 near and on the Semipalatinsk Test Site, Kazkhstan, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 158, 143--171, 2001.
  9. Richards, Paul G., Seismological Methods of Monitoring Compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, Chapter 25 (pp 369--383) of the International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, edited by W.H.K. Lee, H. Kanamori, and P. Jennings on behalf of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior, Academic Press, 2002.
  10. Jian Zhang, Xiaodong Song, Yingchun Li, Paul G. Richards, Xinlei Sun, and Felix Waldhauser, Inner core differential motion confirmed by earthquake waveform doublets, Science, 309, 1357--1360, 26 August 2005.
  11. David P. Schaff and Paul G. Richards, On finding and using repeating seismic events in and near China, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, vol. 116 (20 pages), B03309, doi:10.1029/2010JB007895, 2011.