When Royce Murray came to Carolina in 1960, the faculty numbered fewer than 15 and all worked from labs in the sprawling, ranch-style Venable Hall. Today, the nearly 50 faculty members include seven National Academy of Science members.
Murray himself has amassed just about every major honor in his field, and in recent years, University administrators have turned to the Kenan Professor of Chemistry and former department chair to help guide the design of new lab facilities — Kenan Labs and the physical science complex. One of those buildings, Murray Hall, bears his name, thanks in large part to a gift from former student Lowry Caudill.
The Department of Chemistry in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018.
Photo by Steve Exum.
This is story number 207 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.