Dr. Henry Murray

Birth Name:
Henry Alexander Murray
Birth Date:
May 13, 1893
Birth Place:
New York, New York
Death Date:
June 23, 1988
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cause of Death:
Cemetery Name:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
As the Director and Chief Researcher of the Psychological Clinic Annex on the campus of Harvard University, for 3 years beginning in 1959 Dr. Henry Murray was responsible for the unethical, immoral and horrible experiments in which he used 22 Harvard undergraduates as research subjects in psychological torture. The unwitting undergraduates were submitted to what Murray called "vehement, sweeping and personally abusive" attacks while strapped into a wooden chair with electrodes attached to their bodies. One of the subjects for the entire 3-year period was Ted Kaczynski, later known as the Unabomber who was responsible for killing 3 and maiming 23 other victims through his series of mail bombs.

Fun Fact:

Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who is serving life in prison for sending deadly mail bombs, won’t be able to attend his 50th reunion festivities at Harvard College. But he did contribute an embarrassing, yet accurate entry for the official alumni “Red Book” report for the Class of 1962.

The listing states his occupation as “Prisoner,’’ and under the awards section, the listing says, “Eight life sentences, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1998.’’ Naturally under publications he lists his published manifesto titled “Technological Slavery.”

As far as Dr. Murray is concerned, after his experiments became public, Harvard felt the need to reward Henry with the title Emeritus Professor at Harvard and was further awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association and Gold Medal Award for lifetime achievement from the American Psychological Foundation.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138


North America


Grave Location:

Thistle Path, Lot 8072, Mausoleum 4, Space 1

Grave Location Description

Drive through the cemetery and park on Mound Avenue at the entry point of Thistle Path. Walk 50 feet on the dirt path and look for the sign for Dielytra Path. The flat marker indicating the final resting place of Dr. Murray is located 4 spaces to the right of the Dielytra Path sign.

Grave Location GPS

42.37052416, -71.14637891

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