TOP Men in Aerospace & Aviation to Follow on LinkedIn 2022: 14. Brian Murphy 

14. Brian Murphy

Ph.D. Student | University of Edinburgh | 2021 Astronaut Scholar | 2021 Out Astronaut, Project PoSSUM

14. Brian Murphy

Average Post Engagement: 103.8



What I use Linkedin for:

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for social and professional development, and I use it to accomplish that in the astronautics, aerospace, and LGBTQ+ communities. Through using LinkedIn, I can share my voice, story, and passion for aerospace and astronautics while being an open and accessible LGBTQ+ role model for the next generation. Representation is key to empowering communities to reach their fullest potential, and I am proud to contribute to this cause.

Number of Followers:



Aerospace & Aviation


Who am I:

Space for All is a movement that resonates with every fiber of my being, especially as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Historically, my community has been one of the most marginalized and persecuted in the space industry, with near-zero representation in the modern era. This is where my true passion lies within the Space for All message: to clear a path for all LGBTQ+ youth interested in space, effectuate positive change for LGBTQ+ space policies in the U.S. and abroad, and inspire other closeted LGBTQ+ STEM professionals to have Pride. Having Pride is knowing the most profound truths of oneself and embracing them. This is analogous to humanity’s overarching reasons for space exploration, to seek the deepest truths of existence, life, and the universe. A future where LGBTQ+ people are not included in space exploration is unacceptable, and I will work every day to ensure that does not happen. This is who I am and what I believe in.

What I do:

I am an award-winning early-career Planetary Scientist and Astronomer. I have led innovative Martian ice cap research at the Florida Institute of Technology with the Mars Odyssey Orbiter, completed an internship with Cassini at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and am currently researching bioastronautics at the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences. I was awarded the Out Astronaut grant in 2021, which will fund, train, and fly me on a suborbital spaceflight while expanding my base in astronautics. I am attending the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Astronomy, in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Astronomy. While there, I will be observing comet-sun interactions and tracing the complex photochemistry of cometary atmospheres, or coma. I am a fellow of the United Kingdom Research and Innovation STFC postgraduate program and recipient of multiple early-career awards.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

If you like space, cutting-edge research, and an inspiring human story, my LinkedIn profile is the perfect platform for you. I regularly update my followers on the state of the field, the status of my research projects and astronautics training, and the rigors of what it means to be a minority in STEM. I find a way, each time, to weave these narratives together into a cohesive and inspiring story that targets all age and professional groups. I aim to inspire, embolden, and uplift others through every post.

Who I follow on Linkedin

I follow all sorts of individuals in the fields of astronautics, aerospace, STEM outreach, and higher education. To me, everyone’s story and journey, no matter how developed, is crucial to the future of STEM fields. I try to learn and support these individuals through following, commenting, and sharing their work. I especially recommend following Priya Abiram and Jordan Forman for their inspiring stories and ongoing work.

Priya Abiram

Aspiring Astronaut | Former 777X Systems Engineering Intern @ Boeing | Mechanical- Aerospace Engineering @ Cornell University | Congressional Award Gold Medalist, International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS)

Jordan Forman

DESY Summer Student 2022 | Former Intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Aspiring Astronaut, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Brian’s Favorite Post

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❝My favorite post shared my selection as the 2021 Out Astronaut Grant recipient, which will fund, train, and fly me to suborbital space to conduct bioastronautics research and inspire millions as an open and out LGBTQ+ astronaut. It was also the first time I posted about being a member of the LGBTQ+ community on a professional forum, which was a powerful and meaningful moment for me. ❞

Brian’s Successful Post

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❝My most successful post shared my graduation from the Florida Institute of Technology Honors College and my offer to study for a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. This is because it is the culmination of 4 years of hard work and dedication to my dream of becoming an astronaut, and my followers knew this. ❞

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