Sanjay Subramaniam of Los Angles reported on the H-Asia list of H-NET.org that John Folson Richards had expired on August 23, 2007. He suffered from the cancer of prostrate and breathed his last in Durham, North Carolina. Prof. Richards was born on November 8, 1938. He had retired in 2006 from Duke University of North Carolina.
In an obituary written by Frank Conlon, another established scholar on South Asian studies, gave an elaborate list of work of John F. Richards in a chronological order in which he had also incorporated the works mentioned by Sanjay Subramaniam.
The list of works by John F. Richards is reproduced below.
"The Islamic frontier in the East: expansion into South Asia" _South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies_ (Australia) 4 (Oct 1974) 91-109.
Mughal administration in Golconda_ (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975) ISBN: 0198215614
"The seventeenth century concentration of state power at Hyderabad", _Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society_ 23: 1 (Jan 1975) 1-35
"The Hyderabad Karnatik, 1687-1707", _Modern Asian Studies_9:2 (Apr 1975) 241-288
"Symposium: the contributions of Louis Dumont: Introduction by J.F. Richards and Ralph W. Nicholas _Journal of Asian Studies_35: 4 (Aug 1976) 579-650
"The imperial crisis in the Deccan," _Journal of Asian Studies_35:2 (Feb 1976) 237-256
_Kingship and authority in South Asia_ (Madison: University of Wisconsin, Department of South Asian Studies, 1978) Publication series (University of Wisconsin--Madison. Dept. of South Asian Studies) no. 3.
"Mughal retreat from coastal Andhra", _Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society_ 1 (1978) 50-68
"Banditry in Mughal India: Historical and Folk Perceptions" [with Velchuru Narayana Rao]. _Indian Economic & Social History Review_ 17 (Jan. 1980) 95-120.
"The Indian empire and peasant production of opium in the nineteenth century", _Modern Asian Studies_15:1 (Feb 1981) 59-82
_Precious metals in the later medieval and early modern worlds_ (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1983). ISBN: 0890892245
_Global deforestation and the nineteenth-century world economy_ edited with (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1983) [Duke Press policy studies] ISBN: 0822304821
"Norms of comportment among Imperial Mughal officers" pp. 255-289 in Barbara Daly Metcalf, editor, _Moral conduct and authority: the place of adab in South Asian Islam_. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984) ISBN: 0520046609
"Kinship and pargana in eighteenth century Khandesh" [with Stewart Gordon] _Indian Economic & Social History Review_22 (Dec. 1985) 371-397
"Changes in the land and human productivity in northern India, 1870-1970" ,[with Edward Haynes and James Hagan], _Agricultural History_59: 4 (Oct 1985) 523-548
_Document forms for Official Orders of Appointment in the Mughal Empire / translation, notes, and text_, E.J.W. Gibb memorial" series. new ser., 29/ Cambridge: Trustees of the E. J. W. Gibb Memorial, 1986 ISBN: 0906094143
The Imperial monetary system of Mughal India_ (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1987). ISBN: 0195619536
"The Imperial capital" [concerning Fatehpur-Sikri] pp. 65-72 in Michael Brand and Glenn D. Lowry eds., _Fatehpur-Sikri_ [International Symposium on Fatehpur-Sikri, 1985: Harvard University]. (Bombay: Marg Publications, 1987)
"The Seventeenth-Century Crisis in South Asia," _Modern Asian Studies_24:4,(1990) 625-38
"Agricultural impacts in tropical wetlands: rice paddies for mangroves in South and Southeast Asia" [[. 217-233 in Michael Williams, ed, _Wetlands: A Threatened Landscape_ (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991) ISBN: 0631166149
_The Mughal Empire: New Cambridge History of India_ Vol 1:6 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993). ISBN 0521251192
_Power, administration, and finance in Mughal India_, (Aldershot; Brookfield, VT: Variorum, 1993) [collected studies CS419. ISBN 0 860783669
"Historic land use and carbon estimates for South and Southeast Asia, 1880-1980" With Elizabeth Flint; edited by Richard C. Daniels (Oak Ridge, TN: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1994) Available on internet as part of CDIAC numeric data and computer model products ; NDP-046 AVAILABLE IN PRINT ALSO; Electronic access available at: [Initial link http://cdiac.ornl.gov/ftp/ndp046/] PDF Version at <http://cdiac.ornl.gov/ftp/ndp046/ndp046.pdf>.
"The Economic History of the Lodi Period: 1451-1526" in _Money and the market in India, 1100-1700_ edited by Sanjay Subrahmanyam, (Delhi; New York: Oxford University Press, 1994) ISBN 0195633032
"World Environmental History and Economic Development" in _A survey of ecological economics_ / edited by Rajaram Krishnan, Jonathan M. Harris and Neva Goodwin (Washington, DC : Island Press, 1995.) ISBN: 1559634103; 1559634111 (pbk).
"Early modern India and world history" _Journal of World History_8:2 (Fall 1997) 197-209
"Only a World Perspective Is Significant: Settlement Frontiers and Property Rights in Early Modern World History in" _Earth, air, fire, water: humanistic studies of the environment_ edited by Jill Ker Conway, Kenneth Keniston, and Leo Marx. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, c1999). ISBN: 1558492208 (cloth); 1558492216 (pbk)
"Opium and the British Indian Empire: The Royal Commission of 1895" _Modern Asian Studies_36:2 (May 2002) 375-420
"The opium industry in British India" _Indian Economic & Social History Review_, 9:39 (2002)149-18
"The Mughal Empire" In _The magnificent Mughals_, Edited by Zeenut Ziad, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0195794443
"Kinship and Pargana in Eighteenth-century Khandesh" [with Stewart Gordon] in _The eighteenth century in Indian history: evolution or revolution?_ / edited by P.J. Marshall, (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 0195659813
_The Unending Frontier: An Environmental History of the Early Modern World_. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003) ISBN: 0520230752
"The opium industry in British India" in Sanjay Subrahmanyam, _Land, Politics and Trade in South Asia_ (New Delhi; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN: 0195667077
"Warriors and the state in early modern India", _Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient_ (Leiden) 47:3 (2004) 390-400
Email dated August 25, 2007 of Sanjay Subrahmanyam.
Email dated August 27, 2007 of Frank Conlon.