Our colleague Sr. Mary Ellen Murphy, passed away (28 July 2015)

Mary Ellen Ellen Murphy

Mary Ellen Ellen Murphy

Dear colleagues,

I am sad to report that a true pioneering scientist, Sister Mary Ellen Murphy, passed away yesterday. She was part of the founding generation of researchers in our field, and helped bring organic geochemistry into the modern era, notably through her work on lunar samples and in the Viking missions.

A news release on Sr. Murphy can be found on the website of Univ. of Saint Joseph, where she was a Professor of Chemistry, and Trustee Emerita.


Sr. Murphy’sr obituary in the following link



Katherine H. Freeman
Distinguished Professor of Geosciences
Penn State University

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