School of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Carl Murray, BSc in Applied Mathematics with Astrophysics (Queen Mary College, London University, 1977) PhD in Astronomy (Queen Mary College, London University, 1980)

Carl

Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy

Email: c.d.murray@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 3304
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 227

Research

Research Interests:

I am interested in all aspects of the dynamics of planetary systems, from the orbital evolution of dust particles to the stability of planetary orbits. My research in recent years has been dominated by work on Saturn's rings and their gravitational interaction with the small natural satellites orbiting nearby. In particular I have been fascinated by Saturn's F ring as I work with colleagues to understand its bizarre appearance. I have been a member of the Imaging Science Subsystem Team on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and I have worked on the project since I was selected in 1990.

Funding

Recent research grants

  • £762,625 Consolidated Grant from STFC for Astronomy Research 2017-2021 (PI: Murray); 01:04:2017 to 31:03:2021
  • £1,547,055 Consolidated Grant from STFC for Astronomy Research 2015-2018 (PI: Nelson); 01.04.2015 to 31:03.2018
  • £43,194 Leverhulme Research Fellowship for Collisional Dynamics in Saturn's F Ring (PI: Murray); 01.09.2013 to 31.08.2015
  • £1,632,102 Consolidated Grant from STFC for Astronomy Research 2012-2015 (PI: Burgess); 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2015
  • £11,606 from The Royal Society for International Exchange Scheme with Paris Observatory (PI: Murray); 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2013
  • £442,584 from STFC for Ring-satellite interactions & orbital evolution (PI: Murray); 01.04.2011 to 31.03.2014
  • £315,784 from STFC for Dynamics of Saturn's F ring and satellites (PI: Murray); 01.04.2006 to 31.03.2011
  • £587,720 from STFC for Cassini Imaging Centre (PI: Murray); 01.04.2006 to 31.03.2010

Publications

Supervision

 

 

Public Engagement

Recent talks

  • Talk to Maths Circle, Wilson's School, Wallington, Surry, 16 March 2020
  • Talk at Ravens Wood School, Orpington, Kent, 11 March 2020
  • Talks to classes at Wistaston Church Lane Academy, 24 February 2020
  • Talk to Hertford Astronomy Group, Welwyn Garden City, 12 February 2020
  • Talk to Institute of Physics (Hereford & Worcester) and Worcester Astronomical Society, Univ. of Worcester, Worcester, 9 January 2020
  • Talk to North Essex Astronomical Society, Witham, Essex, 18 September 2019
  • Talk to Mid-Kent Astronomical Society, Chatham, 10 May 2019
  • Talk to Crewkerne Astronomical Society, Somerset, 20 March 2019
  • Talk to Ravens Wood School, Orpington, Kent, 13 March 2019
  • Talk to East London Science School, Royal Geographical Society, Kensington, London, 15 February 2019
  • Talk at Prince's Teaching Institute CPD Day for Teachers, Walthamstow School for Girls, London, 7 February 2019
  • Talk to Institute of Physics (Manchester), Manchester Metropolitan University, 15 January 2019
  • Talk at New Teacher Subject Day, Prince's Teaching Institute, Pimlico School, London, 8 December 2018
  • Talk at Initiative for Interstellar Studies, Charfield, Gloucestershire, 30 November 2018
  • Talk to Stratford-upon-Avon Astronomical Society, Alderminster, Warwickshire, 17 July 2018
  • Talk to Walsall Astronomical Society, Walsall, 5 July 2018
  • Talk to Shire Oak School, Walsall, 5 July 2018
  • Talk to Worthing Astronomical Society, Worthing, 20 June 2018
  • Talk at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend, Kent, 8 May 2018
  • Talk at BAA Weekend, Winchester, 8 April 2018
  • Talk to Solent Amateur Astronomers, Southampton, 17 April 2018
  • Talk to Orpington Astronomical Society, Orpington, Kent, 28 March 2018
  • Talk to Cafe Scientifique, Harpenden, 26 March 2018
  • Talk to Foredown Tower Astronomers, Brighton, 15 March 2018
  • Talk to Maths Circle, Wilson's School, Wallington, Surry, 12 March 2018
  • Talk to Croydon Astronomical Society, Croydon, 9 March 2018
  • Talk at Bancroft's School, Woodford, London, 7 February 2018
  • Talk at Hampstead Garden Suburb Astronomical Society, HGS, London, 31 January 2018
  • Talk to Irish Astronomical Association, QUB, Belfast, 24 January 2018
  • Astronomy Ireland Christmas Lecture, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 11 December 2017
  • Christmas Lecture, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich, 9 December 2017
  • Talk at University of Kent, 5 December 2017
  • Talk to Licenced Vintners School, Ascot, Berkshire, 16 November 2017
  • Talk to Eastbourne Astronomical Society, Eastbourne, Sussex, 11 November 2017
  • Colloquium talk to School of Physics & Astronomy, QMUL, 27 October 2017
  • Talk to Loughton Astronomical Society, 12 October 2017
  • Talk at Federation of Astronomical Societies Annual Meeting, Univ. of Birmingham, 30 September 2017
  • Talk at Lister Community School, Plaistow, London, 28 September 2017
  • Talk to Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Greenwich, London, 8 May 2017
  • Talk at Guildford High School, Surrey, 20 April 2017
  • Talk as part of Stargazing Live at QMUL, 4 April 2017
  • RAS Public Lectures, RAS, 14 February 2017
  • Talk at Sutton Grammar School, Surrey, 26 January 2017
  • Talk at StarFest, Chelmer Valley High School, Essex, 29 October 2016
  • Talk at the Observatory Opening, QMUL, 23 March 2016
  • Talk on Cassini to Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester, 17 March 2016
  • Physics Taster Talk, QMUL, 3 February 2016
  • Invited talk at Maxwell Conference, Royal Society fo Edinburgh, 9 November 2015
  • Talk to PsiStar Society, QMUL, 29 October 2015
  • Talk at Science Showoff event, The Star of Kings pub, Kings Cross, London, 21 April 2015
  • Talk at Greenford High School, Ealing, 24 March 2015
  • Talk at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, 29 January 2015
  • Talk for United Learning/Prince's Teaching Institute, Manchester, 29 January 2015
  • Talk for United Learning/Prince's Teaching Institute, London, 21 January 2015
  • Talk to the William Herschel Society, Univ. of Bath, 19 November 2014
  • Talk at Chobham Academy, Stratford, London, 5 November 2014
  • Talk at Pint of Science, London, 20 June 2014
  • Talk to Orpington Astronomical Society, 14 March 2014
  • Talk to Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Greenwich, 10 March 2014
  • Talk to Hampstead Garden Suburb Astronomical Society, 29 January 2014
  • Talk at Reigate School, Surrey, 9 January 2014
  • Invited talk at United learning Trust meeting, London, 4 October 2013
  • Talk to Year 10/11 pupils, QMUL, 31 July 2013
  • Talk at Goldsmiths Course for Teachers, QMUL, 23 July 2013
  • Talk to Thurrock Astronomical Society, 3 April 2013
  • Talk at Colchester RGS, Colchester, 20 March 2013
  • Talk to Wilson's School Maths Circle, Sutton, Surrey, 11 March 2013
  • Talk to Birmingham Astronomical Society, 26 February 2013
  • Talk to Prince's Teaching Institute, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, 9 February 2013
  • Talk to Prince's Teaching Institute, Institute of Physics, London, 2 February 2013
  • Talk to Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society, 21 August 2012
  • Talk to the Loughton Astronomical Society, 31 May 2012
  • Talk to the Guildford Astronomical Society, 3 May 2012
  • Talk to the Orpington Astronomical Society, 25 January 2012
  • Talk to the Reading Astronomical Society, 21 January 2012
  • Talks at Charlton School, 13 January 2012
  • Talk to the Flamsteed Astronomy Society, 14 November 2011

Performance

Recent research talks

  • Talk at UCL Space Week, University College, London, 16 May 2019
  • Talk at EPSC Meeting, TU Berlin, Germany, 17 September 2018
  • Talk at Cassini Science Symposium, Colorado University, Boulder, USA, 13 August 2018
  • Talk at John Papaloizou Birthday Meeting, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Oxford, 9 July 2018
  • Talk at EGU Meeting, Vienna, 12 April 2018
  • Talk to the Encelade Group meeting, ISSI, Bern, Switzerland, 26 February 2018
  • Seminar at Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University College, London, 29 January 2018
  • Talk at Clarendon Laboratory, Univ. of Oxford, 23 November 2017
  • Colloquium talk to School of Physics & Astronomy, QMUL, 27 October 2017
  • Talk at Cassini Imaging Team Meeting, Caltech, Pasadena, USA, 14 September 2017
  • Talk at Cassini Rings Working Group meeting, Caltech, Pasadena, USA, 11 September 2017
  • Talk at AAS DDA Meeting, QMUL, 15 June 2017
  • Talk to Cassini PSG Plenary session, JPL, Pasadena, USA, 16 February 2017
  • Talk to Cassini Rings Working Group meeting, JPL, Pasadena, USA, 15 February 2017
  • Talk at AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 14 December 2016
  • Talk at RAS Discussion Meeting, RAS, 9 December 2016
  • Seminar at Dept. of Physics, Imperial College, 24 November 2016
  • Talk to Cassini Rings Working Group meeting, Caltech, Pasadena, USA, 10 February 2016
  • Talk to Cassini Imaging Team Meeting, Caltech, Pasadena, USA, 8 February 2016
  • Talk at Encelade Group meeting, QMUL, 10 December 2015
  • Invited talk at Maxwell Conference, Royal Society fo Edinburgh, 9 November 2015
  • Colloquium talk at Univ. of Hertfordshire, 30 September 2015
  • Talk at AAS DDA Meeting, Caltech, Pasadena, USA, 6 May 2015
  • Talk at Encelade Group meeting, ISSI, Bern, Switzerland, 31 March 2015
  • Talk at Chobham Academy, Stratford, London, 5 November 2014
  • Talk at RAS Discussion Meeting celebrating 10 years of Cassini-Huygens, London, 10 October 2014
  • Talk at JANUS-JUICE meeting, Univ. of Padua, Italy, 10 April 2014
  • Talk to joint RAS/RPS meeting, RAS, London, 17 February 2015
  • Talk at Plenary Session, Cassini PSG, JPL, 13 February 2014
  • Talk at Rings Working Group, Cassini PSG, JPL, 12 February 2014
  • Talk at ISS team Meeting, Caltech, 10 February 2014
  • Invited talk at AGU, San Francisco, 10 December 2013
  • Talk at RAS Discussion Meeting on planetary satellites, RAS, London, 10 May 2013
  • Talk at RAS Discussion Meeting, RAS, London, 14 December 2012
  • Talk at the NAROO-GAIA satellite astrometry meeting, Paris Observatory, 22 June 2012
  • Talk at the Division for Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS, Mt. Hood, Oregon, 8 May 2012
  • Invited talk at the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, 24 April 2012
  • Seminar at UC Santa Barbara, 3 February 2012
  • Talk at the Rings 2011 Workshop, Cornell University, July 2011