James Murray

*Dr. James Murray Ph.D. (St. Andrews), D.Sc. (Oxford) has had faculty appointments at Harvard, University of Michigan, New York University, University of Washington, University College London and for 25 years at the University of Oxford. Dr. James Murray has had numerous visiting appointments at universities around the world including University of Paris, National Tsing Hua University, MIT, Caltech, University of Florence and University of Heidelberg. At the University of Oxford where he was the Founding Director of the prestigious Centre for Mathematical Biology. Dr. James Murray is Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of Oxford and also Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. He is now Senior Scholar at Princeton University.

Dr. Murray‘s research is in the practical application of mathematics to the biological and medical sciences and he has written several books (some translated into Russian and Polish) and published more than 200 articles in peer reviewed prestigious international journals. Dr. James Murray has worked and published on a very wide range of topics such as enhancing brain tumor imaging and highlighting problems with current treatments, marital interaction and divorce prediction in which his predictions for divorce of newly married couples in a 12 year longitudinal study was 94%, control of rabies epidemics, wound healing and scar formation, the benefits of intertribal warfare, how the leopard gets its spots, how sex determination in alligators and crocodiles has let them survive, the benefits of cannibalism, the connection between badgers and bovine tuberculosis, mechanisms of biological pattern formation in development, making evolution move backwords and other topics. James Murray is regularly invited to give keynote lectures at meetings around the world and has wide experience giving lectures to the general public. James Murray has given, on average 20 lectures a year in Japan, Taiwan, India, Turkey, Canada, US, and Europe since about 1970. He has supervised more than 50 doctoral and post-doctoral students.

James Murray has received numerous honors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), Foreign Member of the French Academy. He has Honorary Doctorates from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland; University of Strathclyde, Scotland; University of Milan, Italy; University of Waterloo, Canada. A small selection of other honors and prizes are: Guggenheim Fellow in Paris; President (the 1st), European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology; Pinkham Lecture, Swedish Hospital, Seattle; University of Washington donor endowed professorship in perpetuity, the James Murray Chair of Applied Mathematics in Neuropathology; Royal Society Bakerian Medal and Prize Lecture 2009 (a public lecture given yearly since 1750) and others.

James Murray has appeared in various television programs such as WQED Pittsburgh Life By The Numbers: Math Like You’ve Never Seen It Before; Korean Public Television (EBS) 2009 (a 3 hour series on the mathematical and biological work of Alan M. Turing 1912-1954 and James D. Murray).

James Murray has had several hundred international radio and media interviews in the past 20 years, most of these on his work on marital interaction and divorce prediction, brain tumors, epidemics, biological pattern formation, epidemics and animal coat patterns.