Richard “Dick” Hudson (born 18 September 1939) is a British linguist. He has lived in England for most of his life (with three years in New Zealand, 1945–1948). He turned into a linguist via Loughborough Grammar School in Leicestershire (1948–1958), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1958–1961) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (PhD, 1961–1964). He worked with Michael Halliday as research assistant on two projects at University College London: on the grammar of scientific English with Rodney Huddleston (1964–1967), and on Linguistics and English Teaching (1967–1970). In 1970, he was appointed lecturer at UCL, where he spent the rest of his working life, mostly in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, retiring in 2004. His main research achievement is a general theory of language structure called word grammar, but he has also worked hard to build bridges between academic linguistics and teaching of (and about) language in UK schools.