Professor Murphy is a nuclear and particle astrophysicist at the University of Edinburgh, interested in the origin and nature of matter in the Universe.
He obtained his BSc and PhD from the University of Birmingham where he studied nuclear structure, in particular exploring how nuclei can take on extraordinary shapes when excited and rotating. From there he moved to the Ohio State University as a postdoctoral researcher to work on a number of projects, most notably the design for a future supernova neutrino observatory, and leading several studies to determine the astrophysical rate of nuclear reactions involved in the production of very rare 'p-process' nuclei.
In 2001 he moved back to the UK as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, progressing to reader and professor. Ongoing projects include experimental and computational determination of the most important nuclear reactions involved in stellar nucleosynthesis, and the direct search for dark matter in deep underground laboratories.
Professor Murphy has served on a number of STFC panels and committees, the SNOLAB Experiment Advisory Committee, the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee and he chaired the 2015 IOP Review of Particle Astrophysics. He is a member of the physics sub-panel for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
Last updated: 11 October 2019