Guildford Astronomical Society

Prof Carl Murray

Prof Carl MurrayProf Carl Murray

Carl gained his BSc and PhD from Queen Mary College, University of London, in 1977 and 1980 respectively when he researched the dynamics and evolution of the orbits of small particles within the solar system. He continues to investigate the dynamics of planetary systems, from the orbital evolution of dust particles to the stability of planetary orbits.

He is a member of the Imaging Science Team on the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and was a co-investigator on the Combined X-ray Spectrometer (D-CIXS) instrument on the SMART-1 mission to the Moon. He was also a science associate on the Beagle 2 lander on the Mars Express mission.

Carl is a former editor of Icarus, the International Journal of Solar System Studies, and a former editor of Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy.

He is a member of several professional organisations including the Royal Astronomical Society, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Mars Task Group of the IAU’s Working Group on Planetary System Nomenclature and a Full Member of the American Astronomical Society.

In 1996 minor planet 1991 PN18 was officially named (5598) Carlmurray in recognition of "his immense contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of the minor bodies of the Solar System".

For more information on his research and career, visit his web page .

DateTalk at GAS meeting
3 May 2012Cassini Observations of Saturn’s Rings