|Richard being excited about the discovery.|
|Played by:||James Wong|
|First appearance:||Independence Day|
Richard Yamuro was landed a position at University of Bologna after six months out of graduate school and soon made a name for himself with his work on the redshift phenomenon associated with quasars. Two years later, he was gladly offered a job position in New Mexico by S.E.T.I.. He is a huge fan of the astronomer and television personality Carl Sagan, of which he keeps a portrait in his office.
While pulled to an overnight observation shift, he was playing golf and listening to It's The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M. when he first heard the aliens' signal. He soon notified this discovery to S.E.T.I.'s chief project scientist.