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Bruce Murray (1976)

Bruce Murray

Bruce Murray

Dr. Murray, Professor Emeritus of Planetary Science and Geology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, has been at Caltech since 1960 and currently teaches courses in Planetary Surfaces and supervises graduate student research.

He was Director of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1976 to 1982, which included the Viking landings on Mars and the Voyager mission through Jupiter and Saturn encounters. In 1979, he, the late Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society, a 100,000 member international organization dedicated to exploring the Solar System and to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). He currently serves as the President of TPS.

Dr. Murray was a member of the Mars Television Teams on Mariner 4 (1965), Mariners 6 and 7 (1969), and Mariner 9 (1971-72). He was the Television Team leader for the Mariner 10 flyby of Venus and Mercury (1973-75), and a member of the scientific teams of the Russian Phobos ’88 mission (partially successful) and the unsuccessful Russian Mars 96 mission. He is member of the very successful and continuing US Mars Global Surveyor mission, and also of the scientific teams for the US Mars Polar Lander and the Mars Microprobes which were lost in December 1999.

Dr. Murray has a long-standing interest in structured ways to analyze and visualize potential future outcomes of alternative societal and natural circumstances, beginning with his book Navigating the Future (1975). He was a consultant to the “2050 Project,” a collaboration between WRI, the Brookings Institution, and the Santa Fe Institute from 1991-95. From 1993 to 1999 he worked with the John and Mary Markle Foundation to determine how new information technology may be developed to facilitate deliberative discourse on critical issues. Currently, he is a key participant in the “Closer to Truth” media endeavor with responsibility for the website www.closertotruth.com.

He has published over 130 scientific papers and authored or co-authored six books. He received his college education at MIT, culminating in the Ph.D. in 1955.

—Courtesy of Caltech

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