Robert C. Murphy graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in chemistry. He has worked in the area of mass spectrometry and eicosanoid biochemistry for almost 50 years with much of his research activities centered on the use of mass spectrometry to studies of arachidonic acid biochemistry and formation of the biologically active leukotriene mediators. His interests included the structural characterization of bioactive lipid products derived from the reaction of reactive oxygen species with cellular lipids. Over 500 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and several books concerning the mass spectrometry of lipids have been authored by him. He served as President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and was on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals in biochemistry and mass spectrometry. He has received several awards including the Dean’s Mentoring Award, the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, an NIH Merit Award, and the Eicosanoid Research Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award and was appointed as a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor. He retired and was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2018.