Scientist Leaves [Pounds Sterling]2m to Fight Killer Illness
Byline: Stuart MacDonald
A SCIENTIST who died after a battle with motor neurone disease has made a [pounds sterling]2million bequest to help fund research into the condition.
During a distinguished career, Edinburgh University molecular geneticist Professor Noreen Murray is credited with making a major contribution in the field of gene cloning technology.
She led the development of genetic engineering in the early 1970s with her husband Sir Kenneth.
The couple also helped to develop the first vaccination against hepatitis B approved for use in humans. Their work put Edinburgh and the UK at the head of a scientific revolution.
Mrs Murray's will reveals that she had an estate valued at almost [pounds sterling]9million at the time of her death last year at the age of 76.
Her donation to the Royal Society in London will be used to create a professorship in neuroscience.
Dr Brian Dickie, director of research development at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, added: 'Her generous donation to the Royal Society will ensure that groundbreaking research in medicine is continued.' Professor Dame Jean Thomas, biological secretary and vice president of the Royal Society, said the legacy would 'enable the appointment of an outstanding scientist to one of the UK's most prestigious research chairs'.
She added: 'The Noreen Murray Royal Society research professorship will be a fitting memorial to one of the UK's leading scientists.' Friends say Mrs Murray confronted her condition with courage and dignity when she was diagnosed with it in 2010.
By the beginning of last year she could not speak but still went to her university office to deal with correspondence and to converse with colleagues via notes. …