Robert J. Richards is the Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor in the History of Science, and Professor in the Departments of Philosophy, History, Psychology, and in the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science; he is director of the Fishbein Center for History of Science. He received his degree from Chicago in 1978. He does research and teaches in history and philosophy of biology and psychology. This includes particular interest in evolutionary biopsychology, ethology, sociobiology, evolutionary ethics, philosophy of history, and German Romanticism. In 2003 and again in 2011, Robert Richards received the Laing book prize from University of Chicago Press; in 2011, he received the Sarton Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the History of Science Society. He was made a Corresponding Member in Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (2010). He is the author or editor of several books, and numerous articles.