Captain Richard Robau was a Human Starfleet officer, serial number SA-476-2549-CM. He was born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba and was the commanding officer of the USS Kelvin in the early 23rd century. (TOS website: Starfleet Shipyard)
In the 2230s, Robau commanded the Kelvin with Lieutenant Commander George Kirk as his first officer. Robau led in the Federation's first contact with the Roylan people in 2230. (ST movie & novelization: Star Trek, TOS comic: "IDW Star Trek, Issue 14")
In the beginning of an alternate reality chain of events caused by time travel, Robau and Kirk both had their lives cut short by an attack by the 24th century Romulan starship Narada, under the command of Captain Nero. After several Kelvin crewmembers were killed by the Narada's opening salvo, Robau agreed to take a shuttlecraft to the Narada to discuss terms with the Romulans. In truth, Nero's offer of discussion was to obtain information about his vessel's location. After Robau informed Nero that the year was 2233, Nero used the Debrune teral'n to kill the Starfleet officer. (ST movie & novelization: Star Trek)
After the Narada was disabled by the suicide run of the USS Kelvin, Nero ordered Xandr to throw Robau's body thrown into the replicator system so as not to let the body "go to waste." Before the destruction of the body, the Narada was captured by Kor's forces. Robau's corpse was taken by the Klingons for other unknown purposes. (ST comic: "Nero, Number One")
- Ambassador Spock's commentary about George Kirk's survival of serving on the Kelvin in the unchanged timeline indicates that Robau probably had a longer life in the unaltered chain of events as well.
The novelization of the film lists his first name as Pierre, however this detail is in contradiction to canon, where the film displayed his name as "Robau, R.".
|USS Kelvin (NCC-0514) personnel|
|Humphrey • Alnschloss K'Bentayr • George Kirk • Winona Kirk • Michael Pitts • Richard Robau • unnamed USS Kelvin personnel|