He has published widely in the areas of Surface Analysis and Glow Discharge Spectrometry (GDS). His latest book with Thomas Nelis, Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy: A Practical Guide, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, was published in 2004.
He was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and was the Australian National Delegate and Convenor for GDMS in the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Technical Committee 201 on Surface Analysis. He was a Consultant for Horiba Jobin Yvon, France, and for EMPA, Switzerland. His specialist knowledge on glow discharges and his wide industrial and scientifique background made his contribution to both companies very important.
For 17 years he worked in Industrial R&D for BHP Steel focusing on metal coatings. He is a co-inventor of a process for coating steel coil with levitated molten metal.
He spent his time equally between Europe and Australia, travelling the world promoting GDS. Many GD-users know him as a patient teacher of this interesting technique. His other interests included computing, reading, films, music and French history, in particular Napoleon Bonaparte,.
Richard died in a tragic mountaineering accident in february 2004 while he was climbing mountain St Anne in Tasmania.