William McMurray was born on 15 August 1929. He earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Battersea Polytechnic in London, England, in 1950. He earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1956. 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, including the well-known "McMurray Commutation Circuit" as well as rectifiers, inverters, and dc converters using thyristors and transistors. He also worked in the areas of advanced power systems, motor drives, and computer simulation of converter circuits.
Over his lifetime he accumulated more than 20 patents, authored one book-The Theory and Design of Cyclo-converters (1972), and co-authored another, Principles of Inverter Circuits (1964). In 1978 McMurray was awarded the William E. Newell award of the Power Electronics Specialists conference for outstanding achievement in power electronics. He became an IEEE Fellow in 1980 and a Life Fellow in 1994. He received the IEEE Newell Award (1978), the [[IEEE Lamme Medal] (1984), and the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000) for his contributions to research in solid-state power circuits.
William McMurray died in 2006.