Currently alive, at 86 years of age.
1929 – Richard C. Atkinson was born in March.
1976 – Acting director of National Science Foundation.
1977 – Director of National Science Foundation.
1980 – Chancellor of University of California at San Diego.
1995 – President of University of California.
2005 – The unnamed Sixth College at UCSD moved to name the college in his honor.
– On the 27th of April, UCSD students were notified that Dr. Atkinson had withdrawn his name from further consideration as the future namesake of Sixth College.