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Ocala, Florida
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Interview Date: 08/10/2017

Anesthesiologist and statistician Emery Neal Brown was born on December 20, 1956 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 from Harvard University in 1978. He then received his A.M. degree in statistics from Harvard University in 1984. Brown earned his M.D. degree in anesthesiology from Harvard Medical School in 1987 and received his Ph.D. degree in statistics 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 Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also joined the faculty of the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School. In 2005, Brown became a professor of computational neuroscience and a professor of health and sciences technology at M.I.T. Three years later, he was named the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Brown was internationally renowned for using statistics for the development of signal processing algorithms to study how systems in the brain represent and transmit information, as well as for his use of functional neuroimaging to study how anesthetic drugs act in the brain to create the state of general anesthesia.

Brown received numerous awards throughout his career. In 2000, he won the National Science Foundation’s Minority Career Advancement Award, as well as the Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Brown later won the National Institute of Health’s Pioneer Award in 2007. He was also 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, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Brown was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Brown lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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

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