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M. Lowell Edwards Public History Project

Lowell Edwards in front of Edwards Life Science Laboratory

M. Lowell Edwards (1898-1982) was an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who spent most of his career in Oregon. With Albert Starr, MD, he co-invented the Starr-Edwards artificial heart valve. Their invention saved thousands of lives, and became a defining moment in the history of  University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health & Science University).
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, a department of OHSU Library, holds archival and rare materials documenting Edwards’ innovative work. These unique resources include photographs, manuscripts, publications, and artifacts. OHSU Library also holds oral history interviews and research publications relating to the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve. The text of this exhibit is adapted from the biography of M. Lowell Edwards written by Richard J. Mullins, M.D. for an exhibit at OHSU Library in fall 2011.

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