Editorial: A role model for women in science
Dr. Margaret Ransone Murray blazed the way to advances in tissue culture and study. Researching mostly in the 1940s-1960s, through her work at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health she advanced knowledge of cancer and multiple sclerosis, among other diseases that plague mankind.
Today, her name is hard to find in a Google search. Most likely her pioneering work has been buried in the avalanche of research that has followed, although she received a wall full of awards during her lifetime.
But Dr. Murray (1901-1986) was a pioneer indeed in two ways: she paved the way for advances in the fight against disease; and she set an example for other women who want to enter science. She could be a role model for the young women that Steve and Cokie Roberts are trying to reach through their column in this week’s Gazette-Journal. Her name deserves greater recognition.
Why do we care? Because Margaret Murray was a native of Mathews County. She grew up near Williams Wharf and died at her home Williamsdale after a life full of curiosity and achievement. She dedicated her working years not to making riches; not to seeking adulation and fame; but to helping science understand and better control killing maladies.
She was a woman of science and her native county should hold her up as a beacon of what can be achieved through a combination of intelligence and focused study.