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:1009.5720. 
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