Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering primary faculty

Murray B. Sachs, PhD

Murray B. Sachs, PhD

University Distinguished Service Professor and Professor Emeritus

Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


B.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962
M.S., Electrical Engineering and Auditory Physiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Auditory Physiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 1968–1969

From July 1991 until September 2007 Dr. Sachs was Massey Professor and Director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and from 1999 until 2007 he was the Founding Director of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute. He obtained the B.S. in 1962, M.S. in 1964 and Ph.D. in 1966 in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sachs has received numerous awards including the von Bekesy Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America in 1998, the 1999 Award of Merit of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and the 2003 Life Achievement Award of the American Auditory Society for his contributions to auditory neuroscience. He was the Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2000 and a Jacob Javitz Neuroscience Investigator. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He served as Chair of the AIMBE College of Fellows.

Research Interests

Dr. Sachs' primary research interest is the neural processing of speech. His work has included neurophysiological and modeling studies of neural encoding in the inner ear and processing of the neural code by populations of neurons in the central nervous system.

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