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Gene M. Brown

Professor of Biochemistry, emeritus

Dean of the School of Science, 1985 - 1991

Professor of Biochemistry, emeritus

Dean of the School of Science, 1985 - 1991

Gene M. Brown
Professor of Biochemistry, emeritus
Dean of the School of Science, 1985 – 1991

Internationally, Gene Brown is best known for his research in the isolation, biosynthesis, and function of vitamins, coenzymes, and related substances. On the MIT campus, he is known for teaching the biology core course for nearly 60 years. A MacVicar Fellow and former dean of the School of Science, Professor Brown sees himself as a teacher first, and he has been a prominent supporter of the importance of good teaching at MIT.

Highlights of this interview include:

First exposure to teaching when high school teachers in Idaho relied on him to explain math and chemistry to fellow classmates.
The history of the discipline of biochemistry at MIT, beginning in 1950.
How a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving leads to greater progress.
Outcomes of the 2000 Final Report of the CUP (Committee on the Undergraduate Program) Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement.
Perspectives on the David Baltimore controversy while he was dean of the School of Science.
The value of strong interpersonal skills in administration.

 

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