The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) was founded in 1884 (as the Scottish Marine Station) by Murray. This collage was made to celebrate SAM’s 130th anniversary.
In an address to his old school, Murray describes early experiments with electricity:
“… several companions arrived from Stirling to see my experiments ; they had with them five dogs, one of them being ‘ Mysie,’ a large dog belonging to Sir John Hay, and I had a large Newfoundland called ‘ Max. We resolved to give the dogs a shock. They were duly arranged in the room, and the circuit was completed by bringing the noses of the two largest dogs together. Pandemonium was the result. Each dog believed he had been bitten by the other. They fought, chairs and tables were overturned, and much of the apparatus broken. In the future, I was requested to turn my attention to the observational sciences of botany, zoology, and geology.”