Dr. Murray received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1955. He has been on the Faculty of Caltech since 1960, and was also Director of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL ) from 1976 - 1982. In 1980, he and the late Carl Sagan founded The Planetary Society, of which he is now the retired Chairman. He has authored or coauthored seven books and over 130 papers.
Currently, his research with Caltech students is focussed on: (1) Mars Surface, and (2) Remote Monitoring of Arid Land Degradation. He also pursues a broad range of future-oriented studies.