Fifty years ago today, the first man stepped out onto the face of the moon. In celebration of that event Quintus of Cambridge pays tribute to a leading light of the Apollo missions, T.J. Murphy, father of Quintus Murphy - founder of Quintus of Cambridge.
T.J. Murphy was instrumental in bringing about the moon landings in the capacity of a research engineer.
After serving in Her Majesty's Navy as an engineering officer T.J. Murphy joined the Apollo programme to research the special metals required for the construction for rockets that would be capable of carrying humans safely to the moon and back.
Redesigning the door of the command module after the fire on the launchpad of Apollo 1, developing materials for the outer shell of the rockets that would withstand the demanding environment of outer space beyond low earth orbit, researching materials to contain the volatile fuels safely when exposed to the direct radiation of the sun or the freezing conditions of space. These are just a few of the contributions T.J. Murphy and his team made to the Apollo programme.
Today, Quintus of Cambridge still lives that same sense of bold endeavour. World changing progress is made by having a clear vision, ambitious goals that go beyond that which is possible now, and by having the Confidence, Courage and Integrity to get there.