Born in Chicago, Dick received his B.S. in Chemistry from Antioch College and a Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. A postdoctoral period at the University of Goteborgs followed, during which time he carried out research on the structure and function of metalloproteins. Dick returned to Berkeley in 1969 as a faculty member in the Department of Cell Physiology in the College of Natural Resources where he became involved in biochemical and biophysical studies of photosynthesis, an area in which he has worked during his entire scientific career. After the reorganizations of the biological science departments in the late 1980s, Dick became the first chairman of the newly formed Department of Plant Biology. This was followed by a stint as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a two-year term as Acting Dean. Throughout his career, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes in biochemistry and plant biology, and he has been an instructor in the introductory biology class, Biology 1A, for over ten years. He has received the College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his long contributions to undergraduate teaching. Professor Richard Malkin retired in 2004 after working for 35 years in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. Professor Malkin served as Chairman of that department and Associate Dean of College of Natural Resources. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Antioch College and the Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley. He continues to teach undergraduate biology courses, loves to travel, listen to classical music – especially opera.