Please join us in paying tribute to the career of outstanding scholar and teacher Royce W. Murray, and help the Department of Chemistry recruit and retain first-class faculty for Carolina.
For more than 50 years, Carolina has benefited from the world-renowned research and teaching of Dr. Royce W. Murray. After completing his PhD in 1960, he joined the University as an instructor and rose rapidly in the chemistry department. In 1980, he became a Kenan Professor of Chemistry and a professor of applied materials sciences in 1996. Over the years, Dr. Murray has developed an international reputation for the excellence of his research, and his devotion to Carolina and the greater scientific community.
His contributions to electrochemistry and in the chemistry of new materials are recognized worldwide. Among his research accomplishments, Dr. Murray introduced the concept of chemically modified electrodes, tools that are important in chemical sensors, fuel cells, and solar energy conversion.
"His contributions to electrochemistry and in the chemistry of new materials are recognized worldwide..."
A Kenan Professor, Dr. Murray is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and since 1991 editor of Analytical Chemistry, the discipline's leading publication. He has garnered countless awards, including the University’s Thomas Jefferson Award and the North Carolina Award in Science. During his 50-year career at Carolina, he has mentored more than 155 graduate and post-graduate students out of which 45 hold or have held faculty appointments in colleges and universities, published more than 450 research articles and 160 editorials, four books, and holds four patents.
To honor his research and tireless devotion as an esteemed educator and scholar, the University has created a Distinguished Professorship in Dr. Murray's name. This professorship will provide future faculty with a permanent reminder of his dedication, and is a fitting tribute to this accomplished man.
Attracting and retaining outstanding professors is one of the University's highest priorities. In order for this to happen, Carolina must be able to offer competitive professorships. The Royce Murray Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry helps the University accomplish just that and does so in the name of a valued member and leader.
Lowry Caudill '79, BS, Chemistry, and former President of Magellan Laboratories, generously donated the first $100,000 of a $1 million goal to the Murray Professorship, and challenges other friends, colleagues, and alumni to join him in this campaign. Once a total of $666,000 has been raised, the Professorship will qualify for a $334,000 matching grant from the North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund.
Many students and colleagues of Royce Murray have been touched over the years by his encouragement, his friendship, and his commitment to excellence. Please join them in honoring this distinguished scholar through your support of the Royce Murray Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry.