Born Oct. 30, 1895, in Orange, N.J.; died Feb. 23, 1973, in Lakeville, Conn. American cardiologist. Member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Richards graduated from Columbia University in 1922. From 1947 to 1961 he was a professor of medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York, and from 1945 to 1961 director of the hospital’s first medical division. Together with A. Cournand, Richards developed new methods of studying heart and lung functions in health and disease, including cardiac catheterization. He also studied heart function in traumatic shock. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1956 together with Cournand and W. Forssmann.