Richard Wollheim (1923–2003) was born in London and educated at Westminster School and Balliol College, Oxford. During the Second World War, he saw action in France and was briefly captured by the Germans; starting in 1949, he taught philosophy at University College London, and he would later hold positions in the United States at Columbia, the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, among other institutions. Throughout his career, Wollheim was keenly interested in the relationship between philosophy, psychoanalysis, art, and mind; he was not only a major aesthetician but one of the significant art critics of the latter half of the twentieth century. In 1992, Wollheim became the president of the British Society of Aesthetics, a post he held until his death. His published works include Art and Its Objects, Painting as an Art, The Mind and Its Depths, On the Emotions, The Thread of Life, and the novel A Family Romance.