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J. Michael Murphy papers

 Collection — Box: Folder 1
Identifier: MSA 311

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two writings by J. Michael Murphy about his career experiences. One writing, "Papa and the Space Shuttle" was written in 2011 for his grandchildren. The other writing, "Reflection on My Trip to China" was written in 1995 as a reflection.


  • 1995-2011
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/11/2016


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by the author.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Michael Murphy received three degrees from Purdue University. He received his bachelor's in 1957, his master's in 1959, and his doctoral degree in 1964. He is an experienced researcher, engineer, manager and entrepreneur with over 54 years of aerospace and managerial experience.

He has worked for Thiokol Chemical Company, Martin Mariette Astronautics Group (1966-1993), and as consultant to Spincraft, a division of the Standex Corporation. Dr. Murphy also started his own company and took it from activities totaling approximately $60,000 to $485,000 in 2 years.

He has received industry recognition for his work with the Titan missile and space shuttle programs, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 1990 Wyld Propulsion Technical Award for leading the 110-man, independent contractor evaluations of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME).


0.10 Cubic Feet

1.00 folders

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Source of Acquisition

Donated by J. Michael Murphy, November 19, 2015

Related Materials

J. Michael Murphy Oral History, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Processing Information

Material has been placed in an acid free folder.
J. Michael Murphy papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States