Noreen Elizabeth Parker
26 February 1935
|Died||12 May 2011 (aged 76)|
|Awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
Noreen Elizabeth, Lady Murray
Noreen Parker was brought up in the village of
Murray was a committed researcher. She worked at
She was married to
Her obituary describes the impact she made on fellow women scientists in her workplace. "Her achievements came at a time when it was not always easy for women to make a career in science, and it is a measure of her ability and determination that she reached the top of her profession despite occasionally contending with the unconscious prejudice of the scientific establishment. Perhaps because of this Noreen was particularly attentive to the careers of her female colleagues and delighted in their success." "She was an exceptional mentor to those who worked with or around her."
In 1983 the couple established the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh. To this trust they donated the royalty earnings from the Hepatitis B vaccine. The charity supports education and research in natural science. This Trust has provided funds to construct the University of Edinburgh Darwin Library, to contribute to building the Michael Swann Building, and provided numerous bursaries to support postgraduates and undergraduates from overseas to study in Edinburgh. In 2009, Noreen joined the Advisory Panel of Edinburgh bioscience firm BigDNA, which designs and develops vaccines based on the lambda phage carrying DNA-based vaccines.
The Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library was built at the King's Buildings Science Campus at the University of Edinburgh, recognising the couple's distinguished careers and their commitment to the advancement of science and engineering.
She was diagnosed with a form of
Awards and honours
Her many contributions to science have been honoured by Fellowships of the Royal Societies of
She was made a Commander of the
The Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library in
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