Dr. Cherry Murray
, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics, Harvard University, has made research accomplishments in the areas of light scattering, soft condensed matter physics, surface physics and nanostructures.
Cherry Murray served as the Director of the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Science, overseeing the areas of advanced scientific computing, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics, and nuclear physics, and the management of 10 national laboratories. She was dean of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Principal Associate Director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prior to that, Dr. Murray held a number of positions, retiring as Senior Vice President of Physical and Wireless Research, at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories and previously Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.
She earned both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded the George E. Pake Prize of the American Physical Society and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.