William McMurray was born on August 15th of 1929. He earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Battersea Polytechnic in ____, England. And he eared a MS in Electrial Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Mr. McMurray spent the lion’s share of his career with the General Electric Company, where he worked from 1953 until 1988. There he developed solid state electric power control and conversion circuits such as rectifiers, inverters, and dc converters using thyristors and transistors. Over his lifetime he accumulated more than 20 patents, authored one book, The Theory and Design of Cyclocnverters, and co-authored another, Principles of Inverter Circuits. Mr McMurray was awarded the William E. Newell award for outstanding achievement in power electronics, granted by GE.