Bruce C. Murray

Bruce C. Murray ( born November 30, 1931 in New York City, New York; † August 29, 2013 in Oceanside, California ) was an American geologist and planetary scientist.

He received his doctorate in 1955 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Geology and worked for Standard Oil of California, the United States Air Force, and the United States Civil Service, before 1960, activity at the California Institute of Technology took. He became associate professor in 1963, 1969 Associate Professor of Planetary Science and Geology and retired in 2001.

1 April 1976 to 30 June 1982, he became the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ago as director.

Along with Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman, he founded the Planetary Society in 1980 and took over for a term as chairman.

Murray died at the age of 81 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was married and had five children. His cousin Tom Foley is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States.


In 1997, Murray awarded first the Carl Sagan Memorial Award. In 2004 he was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology in Telluride, Colorado.

The asteroid ( 4957 ) Bruce Murray was named in his honor.