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Marjorie Lee Browne

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About Marjorie Lee Browne:

Dates: September 9, 1914 - October 19, 1979

Occupation: educator, mathematician

Known for: one of first two (or three?) black women to receive a doctorate in mathematics in the United States, 1949; in 1960, Marjorie Lee Browne wrote a grant to IBM to bring a computer to a college campus -- one of the first such college computers, and likely the first at any historically black college

Family, Background:

  • father: Lawrence Johnson Lee, railway postal clerk
  • mother died when Browne was two
  • stepmother: Lottie Taylor Lee or Mary Taylor Lee, teacher

Education:

  • LeMoyne High School (Methodist school for African Americans)
  • Howard University, B.S., mathematics, 1935, cum laude
  • University of Michigan, M.S., mathematics, 1939
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., mathematics, 1949

Taught at:

  • Gilbert Academy in New Orleans
  • Wiley College, Marshall, Texas, 1942 - 1945
  • North Carolina College (later North Carolina Central University, NCUU), 1950? - 1975; chair of the mathematics department from 1951
  • Summer Institute for Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers, under a National Science Foundation grant through NCCU, 1957

Fellowships:

  • Ford Foundation fellowship, 1952-1953, Cambridge University, combinatorial topology
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow, University of California, computing and numerical analysis
  • Fellowship, Columbia University, 1965-1966, differential topology

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