M. Lowell Edwards Public History Project
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.
Biography of M. Lowell Edwards, by Richard J. Mullins, M.D.
Timeline Events in the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve
Digital Collections Search or browse digitized archival images and documents
Research Guide Find historical materials at OHSU Library