Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Science and the National Academy of Sciences in the USA. Until recently he was Director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh. He is still actively teaching at the University and his longstanding research interest is the neurobiology of cognition, particularly the role of neuronal plasticity in memory formation. Earlier in his career Richard helped to set up an exhibition at the Natural History Museum and worked on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World. In 2007 he was appointed CBE.