Tom Murphy (physicist)


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 (2011). "Laser Ranging to the Lost Lunokhod~1 Reflector". Icarus. 211 (2): 1103–1108. arXiv:1009.5720. Bibcode:2011Icar..211.1103M. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2010.11.010. S2CID 11247676.
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External links

  • Decades-Old Soviet Reflector Spotted on the Moon