In memoriam: Former BMES board of directors member Murray Sachs

Murray Sachs, who served as Director of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University, passed away this month.
Sachs was a Biomedical Engineering Society fellow and former member of the board of directors.

Sachs received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from MIT (B.S. '62, M.S. '64, Ph.D. '66). He worked in the field of biomedical engineering, in particular using mathematics to model the way sound is received, transmitted, encoded, and comprehended between the ear and the brain, laying groundwork for advances such as the cochlear implant, according to Legacy.

Murray was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his scientific contributions and his leadership in biomedical engineering education.

Sachs is credited with doubling the size of the biomedical engineering department, at Johns Hopkins creating a unique research and training environment housed within two Johns Hopkins schools, according to a university article.

"Murray Sachs' vision, his belief in the value of collaboration at the intersection of engineering and medicine, and his dedication to his department are the reasons why Johns Hopkins remains the world's leader in biomedical engineering research and education," said Ed Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean of JHU's Whiting School of Engineering.

According to the article: Sachs joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in 1970. He spent the rest of his career at Johns Hopkins, rising to the rank of professor in 1980.
During his tenure from 1991 to 2007 as director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, he established the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute in 1999, a collaboration between the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering. This began the transition of the biomedical engineering department from one housed at the School of Medicine to a unique joint affiliation with Hopkins Engineering. Under Sachs' leadership, this transition was solidified in 2001 with the construction of the first building—Clark Hall—dedicated solely to biomedical engineering at JHU's Homewood campus.