University of Colorado Physicist Wins Ireland’s Top Scientific Prize

Margaret Murnane, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received the RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence. The honor is considered Ireland’s top science award. The award was established in 1899 by the Royal Dublin Society and The Irish Times.

Professor Murnane was honored to her work in ultrafast lasers and x-ray science. She is only the second woman to receive the award and the first in 50 years. The awards committee stated that “Not only is her fundamental research groundbreaking in itself, the application of her work has the potential to make significant impact across virtually all scientific and medical disciplines.”

Dr. Murname earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at University College in Cork, Ireland. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Murname will travel to Dublin to receive the award on November 29.

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