Joseph Murray


April 1, 1919 – November 26, 2012

Place of study: 

Harvard Medical School, USA

Famous for: 

  • Performing the first successful human kidney transplant
  • Performing the world’s first successful allograft 
  • Performing the world’s first cadaveric renal transplant


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1990)

American Surgical Association’s Medal for Distinguished Service to Surgery

American Association of Plastic Surgeons’ Honorary Award and Clinician of the Year Award

National Kidney Foundation’s Gift of Life Award

Fun fact:

Murray was a  star athlete at the Milford High School where he excelled in football, ice hockey, and baseball.