William Murphy Biography

Born: 20 July 1916
Best Known as: inventor of disposable medical devices

William Murphy Jr., M.D., invented disposable medical devices, including, procedure trays, blood bags, physiologic cardiac pacemakers, angiographic injectors, and hollow fiber artificial kidneys. Born in Boston, Murphy studied pre-medicine at Harvard earned his M.D. from the University of Illinois. He also studied engineering at MIT. Murphy founded a company that focuses on developing medical instrumentation and established FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).