A native of England, during World War II he experienced bombing attacks in his hometown and witnessed an aerial attack that may have inspired his future career. In the 1960s he migrated to the United States as a graduate student at Cornell University, eventually moving to the West Coast where he joined The Boeing Company in Seattle. With a background in design studies of commercial aircraft, he began a 33-year career at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach leading a design team for passenger aircraft.
An extensive collection of his works can be viewed in two published books of photographs, 'A Visit to China in 2008' and a recently published 'David G. Murphy Photography - A Photographic Collection', a 440-page book featuring the MD90 aircraft in flight on its cover. They can be viewed online at http://www.blurb.com/books/1759508, for the first one, or /3264634 for the second. iPad users can download either book for 99 cents.