Pioneering researcher honoured

A leading researcher at the University has been honoured for her life-long commitment to science.

Emeritus Professor Noreen Murray and Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea.

Emeritus Professor Noreen Murray has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University and a Royal Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in the Playfair Library, attended by Vice-Principal Professor Nigel Brown and the Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea

Far-reaching research

Professor Murray, Emeritus Professor of Molecular Genetics, was honoured by the University for her leadership in her field and for her service to the institution.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh Gold Medal was presented by Lord Wilson of Tillyorn.

The presentation followed an address by Professor Jean Beggs, Professor of Molecular Biology and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The award was made in recognition of the impact of the Professor’s work in molecular biology.

The benefits of her research have gone beyond academia into the biotechnology, health care and agricultural industries.

Broad commitments

Professor Murray, who was educated at King's College London and the University of Birmingham, has been based in Edinburgh since 1968.

She became a professor at the University in 1988.

In addition to her intensive research achievements, Professor Murray is acknowledged to have taken on substantial teaching commitments and to have extended her support to students during her career.

Professor Noreen Murray is a pioneering scientist and a great role model for researchers, and I am delighted that her many achievements have been recognised with these two awards.

Professor Nigel BrownVice-Principal