Cherry A. Murray

University of Arizona
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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Cherry Murray is a Professor of Physics and Director of the Biosphere2 Institute at the University of Arizona. She obtained both a B.S. and a Ph.D, in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests have varied from experimental condensed matter and surface physics to nanotechnology, innovation, research and development of telecommunications networks, national security and science and technology policy. Her current interests include policy, research, development, education and innovation to sustain human civilization on future Earth.

From 1978 to 2004, Murray held a number of research positions, which culminated in the Senior Vice Presidency of Physical and Wireless Research, at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories and previously Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. She then served at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as Deputy Director for Science and Technology from 2004 to 2007, and as Principal Associate Director for Science and Technology from 2007 to 2009. She was dean of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from 2009 until 2014.

Murray served as the Director of the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Science, from 2015 until 2017, overseeing $5.5 billion in competitive scientific research in the areas of advanced scientific computing, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics, and nuclear physics, as well as the management of 10 national laboratories.

She served as president of the American Physical Society in 2009, on the National Commission on BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, has served on numerous National and American Academy, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, Department of Energy and Department of Commerce committees, and currently serves as a director of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2019, she was elected, representing the US National Academy of Sciences, as co-chair for science of the Inter Academy Partnership, a partnership of over 140 national and regional science, engineering and medical academies dedicated to providing independent and credible advice to policy makers and to strengthening the role of academies nationally, regionally and globally.

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