Tom Murphy (physicist)

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Tom Murphy is a Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is the project investigator for the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation Project. Professor Murphy completed his Ph.D in Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology after which he completed a postdoc at the University of Washington - Seattle before becoming a professor at the University of California, San Diego. In 2010 his group was responsible for locating the former Soviet Union's Lunokhod 1 rover.[1]

Dr. Murphy is also known for his blog, "Do The Math"[2] "which takes an astrophysicist’s-eye view of societal issues relating to energy production, climate change, and economic growth."


  1. ^ T. W. Murphy Jr; E. G. Adelberger; J. B. R. Battat; C. D. Hoyle; N. H. Johnson; R. J. McMillan; E. L. Michelsen; C. W. Stubbs; H. E. Swanson. "Laser Ranging to the Lost Lunokhod~1 Reflector". arXiv:1009.5720Freely accessible. 
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