Richard Baum (Chester, England) is the director emeritus of the Terrestrial Planets Section and Mercury and Venus Section of the British Astronomical Association. A 2005 recipient of the Walter H. Haas Annual Award of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, he is the author of the acclaimed In Search of Planet Vulcan (with William Sheehan). He is also the recipient of the prestigious Walter Goodacre Medal and the Lydia A. Brown Medal of the British Astronomical Association. The International Astronomical Union named minor planet 7966 after him.