Richard Yamuro
Richard being excited about the discovery.
Basic Information
Status: Alive
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: SETI Institute
Family Information
Played by: James Wong
First appearance: Independence Day

Richard Yamuro is an astronomer working for S.E.T.I.. He was the first scientist to notice alien signals on July 2, 1996.


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.[1]

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.


  1. Independence Day: Official Novelization