Hall of Distinguished Alumni
Eger Vaughn Murphree
in Bayonne, New Jersey, on November 3, 1898. Business Executive. Government
Official. University of Kentucky, B.S., 1920; M.S., 1921; Sc.D., 1949. Died,
October 29, 1962.
He was President
of the Esso Research and Engineering (section), Standard Oil Development Company.
In 1950, he was named special assistant to the Secretary of Defense in directing
the guided-missile program.
He was manager
of development and research for the Standard Oil Development Company, 1934-37.
He was named Vice President in 1937, and in 1940, Executive Vice President;
in 1947, he became President. As an undergraduate at the University, he was
captain of the 1920 Wildcat football team and was named All-Southern tackle.
War II, he was Chairman of the Planning Board and a member of the Office of
Scientific Research and Development Commission which was instrumental in the
development of the atomic bomb.
He was a recipient
of the Perkin Medal awarded by the Society of Chemical Industry in 1950 for
his work in applied chemistry. He also received the Industrial Research Institute
Award in 1953.
awarded him the honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1949. He was a physics
and mathematics instructor at Paris High School, 1921-22. He was then a staff
assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1922-23, becoming a research
associate the following year. He was a chemical engineer for Solvay Process
Company, Syracuse, New York, 1924-26, and Director of the company's chemical
engineering division, 1926-30. He was Director of Jasco Inc., Standard Oil Company
of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, 1930-34, and became Vice President and Director of
Hydro Engineering and Chemical Company in 1934.
He was President
of the permanent council of the World Petroleum Congress, 1951-59. Memberships
also included the American Section, Society for the Chemical Industry; American
Chemical Society; American Petroleum Institute; Institute of Chemical Engineers,
and the American Institute of Physics. He wrote a number of articles for trade
and technical journals, and held patents in his field.
Eger Vaughn Murphree was named to the Hall
of Distinguished Alumni in February 1965.