Livingstone was born on 23 January 1880 in Liverpool. His father was an Anglican vicar; his mother the daughter of an Irish baron. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He remained at the University of Oxford until 1924 as fellow, tutor, and librarian at Corpus Christi College. In 1920, he served on the Prime Minister's committee on the classics. During 1920–22, he was co-editor of the Classical Review.
In 1933, Livingstone returned to Oxford, where he became President of Corpus Christi College. In 1944, he delivered the Rede Lecture at Cambridge on Plato and modern education. He served as vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1944 until 1947.
He retired in 1950 and spent his final years writing and lecturing. He died on 26 December 1960 in Oxford.
- Greek Ideals and Modern Life
- Education and the Spirit of the Age
- Plato and Modern Education
- The Greek Genius and its Meaning to us (1912)
- A Defence of Classical Education (1916)
- The Legacy of Greece: Essays editor (1921)
- The Pageant of Greece (1923)
- The Mission of Greece (1928)
- Portrait of Socrates, being the Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Plato (English translation), Plato, Benjamin Jowett, Richard Livingstone (1938)
- The Future in Education (1941)
- Education for a World Adrift (1943)COPAC
- The Rainbow Bridge (1959)
- Essentials of education
- Livingstone, Sir Richard Winn (1880–1960) Knight Educationist, GB/NNAF/P130348 , National Register of Archives, United Kingdom.
- Works by Richard Winn Livingstone at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Richard Livingstone at Internet Archive
Rev. Thomas Hamilton
| President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
Sir Frederick Wolff Ogilvie
Percy Stafford Allen
| President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
William Francis Ross Hardie
Sir William David Ross
| Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
William Teulon Swan Stallybrass