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Ocala, Florida United States
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Interview Date: 08/10/2017

Anesthesiologist and statistician Emery Neal Brown was born in Ocala, Florida to Benjamin Brown and Alberta Brown. Brown graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1974. Brown earned his B.A. degree in applied mathematics (magna cum laude) from Harvard College in 1978. He received his A.M. degree in statistics from Harvard University in 1984. Brown earned his M.D. degree (magna cum laude) from Harvard Medical School in 1987 and received his Ph.D. degree in statistics from Harvard University in 1988.

Brown completed his internship in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1992. Following the completion of his residency, Brown joined the anesthesiology staff in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital and the faculty of Harvard Medical School. In 2005, Brown became a professor of computational neuroscience and a professor of health and sciences technology at MIT. Three years later, he was named the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Brown is internationally renowned for developing signal processing algorithms to study how systems in the brain represent and transmit information, as well as for his systems neuroscience research that has defined how anesthetic drugs act in the brain to create the state of general anesthesia.

Brown has received numerous awards during his career. He is the recipient of a National Institute of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award, the Jerome Sacks Award from the National Institute of Statistical Science, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Applied Mathematics, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Excellence in Research Award. Brown served on President Obama’s NIH Brain Initiative Working Group. He has also been named a fellow of several prominent professional organizations including the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Brown is the first African American, first statistician and first anesthesiologist to be elected to all three branches of the National Academies: the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Brown lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Emery Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 10, 2017.

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