Richard Robau was a Starfleet officer, and captain of the USS Kelvin in 2233. His first officer was George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk.
In the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion in 2233, the Kelvin came under attack by the Romulan mining vessel Narada, immediately upon the Narada's emergence from a black hole. After the Narada inflicted heavy damage on the Kelvin, Ayel, Nero's second-in-command, ordered Robau to board a shuttlecraft and travel to the Narada for negotiations. Realizing that he had no choice but to comply, Robau placed Kirk in command, ordering him to evacuate the crew if he did not report in fifteen minutes.
On the Narada, Robau was questioned by Ayel as to his familiarity with Ambassador Spock and the vessel Spock had been piloting. When Robau professed his unfamiliarity with Spock, Ayel demanded to know the current stardate. Upon learning that they had inadvertently become stranded 154 years in the past, Nero became infuriated, violently killed Robau with a bladed weapon in his possession, and immediately resumed the attack on the Kelvin.