William P. Murphy Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


William P. Murphy

Birthday :

February 6, 1892

Died On :

October 9, 1987

Birth Place :

Stoughton, Wisconsin, United States of America

Zodiac Sign :


To become a staunch physician you have to be a holder of a Bachelor’s degree, take an MCAT test, and earn a medical degree and so on. I wonder if William P. Murphy passed through all these stages for him to be called as a true American physician. In fact, he earned a Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physics for his noble work. Let’s say that science instilled in his bloodstream. With the help of other physicists such as George Richards Minto, he co-discovered the origin and treatment of microcytic anemia. William P. Murphy understood the field of medicine, unlike other social subjects. Lack of adequate resources didn’t hinder him from joining medical school. In fact, he toiled enough to save for his school fees where he did odd jobs including serving as a teacher. His dream came true when he earned a scholarship, all thanks to Harvard University.

William’s Personality

William P. Murphy believed in hassle motto till the end of time. At a glance, he hated to cause any form of trouble. Above anything else, he valued his happiness to the core. He hated to copy other people’s plans hence achieving his best was his dream. From being a high school teacher to a Professor, William P. Murphy proved that dreams are valid. That is why he treated everyone with equal measures since tomorrow seemed not to wait for someone. In everything he did, he made sure that he has displayed a mastery of perception. Creativity and inventiveness want his end but a beginning. At his best, William knew how to take care of himself regarding relaxation and work. Though he parted from the world over a decade ago, it’s now true that he was born to supersede all paths of life. Read on.


Childhood And Early Life

On February 6th, 1892 William P. Murphy was first seen in the world in U.S.A, Stoughton. His mother was known as Rosa Anna Parry while his father was called Thomas Francis Murphy. At his tender age, he joined the Oregon and Wisconsin local schools. Afterward, he earned his A.B Degree from the Oregon University.



At first, William P. Murphy loved everything that dealt with medicine, but lack of enough funds seemed to halt his dreams. This made him work as a teacher for two years where he managed to save money for his studies.

Afterward, he enrolled at the University of Oregon where he majored in medicine. For his upkeep, he was hired at the Department of Anatomy as a laboratory assistant. Sad to say he was forced to drop in the middle of his studies due to lack of funds.

For a year, William P. Murphy went to spend time in the United States Army. It was at this point that luck called him where he came across Harvard’s former student William Stanislaus. He wanted to fund the needy and young at heart traits like Murphy. That is how he came to complete his studies from the Harvard University School in Boston.

After a short pause, William P. Murphy was appointed as an Assistant Resident Physician at Brigham Hospital. It was after his indelible kind of service that he was given a chance a chair as an Associate Junior in Medicine. At his free time, William worked hard to scrutinize blood diseases such as diabetes mellitus and anemia.

While investigating his research on anemia, he proved that a sizable raw liver was consumed. In fact, he explained that the liver gave the red blood cells a structured look, unlike food. It was here that he partner with Dr. Gorge Richards and George Hoyt Whipple. As a trio, they concluded that there is a high possibility that the iron in the liver can cure anemia. To prove this, they experimented with an animal. To its success, the treatment was used on people who had pernicious anemia. In the process, Vitamin b12 was also discovered.


Later Career

According to sources, pernicious anemia killed more people during the 19thn-century.This encouraged William P. Murphy and his team to release their final analysis to various institutions. It was later finalized that the uncooked liver and its components could come to cure the fatal disease.

From 1928 to 1935 William P. Murphy served as an instructor at HarvardUniversity. His discovery earned him a Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1934.From 1935 to 1938 he wrote a thesis titled Anaemia in Practice that was later approved in 1939.

From 1948 to 1958 William P. Murphy was appointed as the lecturer at HarvardUniversity. In the mid of 1958, he chaired as a Senior Associate and later the Emeritus Lecturer at the said Varsity.


Personal Life And Achievements

It was in 1924 that William P. Murphy and his team worked on research that eradicated pernicious anemia. They prevented further ailment by discovering the treatment early enough. It involved uncooked intake liver that is mostly known for its rich content in iron. He also furthered that Vitamin B12 acted as a therapy for the treatment of anemia.

In the course of his career, William P. Murphy earned countable of awards and recognition. Some of the notable ones include the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Psychology in 1934, Bronze Medal, Commander of the Order recognition, National Order of Merit. When it comes to his personal life, William P. Murphy tied a nuptial knot with Pearl Harriett Adams, a dentist on 10th; September 1919. The couple had a son called Murphy P. who came to follow his father’s footsteps. They also had a daughter called Priscilla Adams who ventured into aviation. Unfortunately, she died in a plane crash in her mod of 1936. Sad to say William P. Murphy was pronounced dead on 9thm, October at Brookline in the United States.

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