Cherry A. Murray
University of Arizona
Physicist; Company research administrator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Cherry A. Murray is Professor of Physics and Director, Biosphere2 Institute at the University of Arizona and Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She served as Dean of Harvard University’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from 2009 to 2014. Dr. Murray was confirmed by the Senate on December 10, 2015, and sworn in on December 18, 2015, as the Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, serving in that role until January 13, 2017. Dr. Murray has served as principal associate director for science and technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and as the president of the American Physical Society. Before joining Lawrence Livermore in 2004, she had a distinguished career at Bell Laboratories. She has served on more than 80 national and international scientific advisory committees, governing boards, and National Research Council (NRC) panels, including chairing the Division of Engineering and Physical Science of the NRC. She was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board in 2013-2015 and also served on the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories. Dr. Murray was appointed to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010. She received a B.S. in 1973 and Ph.D. in physics in 1978 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2014, Dr. Murray was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Murray was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. She was a member of the Academy’s ARISE II project (Advancing Research in Science and Engineering: The Role of Academia, Industry, and Government in the 21st Century) and also served on the Class I:5 membership panel.