This short biography of Richard Henry Tawney (1880-1962) deals mainly with his extensive and significant contribution to the 'heroic age' of adult education. This means making only passing reference to the many other important activities ofTawney's creative and crowded life. But for him adult education was a matter of great personal commitment, where he worked out his values and used his position as a teacher, organizer, executive, advocate, reformer and writer to give expression to the many other avenues ofacademic life and social affairs where he excelled.