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Obituary: Sir Leslie Murphy

Birkbeck Fellow

Sir Leslie Murphy, who died on 29 September 2007 aged 91, was an oil executive who became the last Labour-appointed chairman of the National Enterprise Board. He was also a founder-trustee of the SDP.

Sir Leslie worked in the civil service while taking evening classes in Mathematics at Birkbeck, becoming the first external student to achieve a first-class degree. He was made a College Fellow in 1978.