The University is saddened to learn of the death of Professor Sir Kenneth Murray, one of the UK’s most eminent scientists.
He joined the University in 1967 and went on to become Head of Molecular Biology from 1976 to 1984, retiring in 1998.
He is best known for his work on viral hepatitis B, against which he developed the first vaccine, saving countless lives worldwide.
One of his closest scientific collaborators was his wife Lady Noreen Murray. The University’s new library at King’s Buildings, The Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library, is named in their honour.
Through the Darwin Trust, founded in 1983, Professor Murray supported the education of many young scientists and helped to fund cutting-edge research and new facilities at the University.
His death comes in the same week as that of the IVF pioneer and Nobel prize-winner, Professor Sir Robert Edwards, who completed his PhD at Edinburgh in the 1950s.
His postgraduate research at the University was the start of the process that led to the birth of the first test-tube baby in 1978.
The technique he pioneered has allowed millions of people around the world to experience the joy of parenthood.
It is very saddening to hear of the deaths of two such brilliant scientists in the same week. The University is proud to be associated with them and their work, which, in both cases, has genuinely changed people’s lives for the better.