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Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown
Tenth President of
Boston University
Assumed office
Preceded by Aram V. Chobanian
Provost of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In office
Preceded by Joel Moses
Succeeded by L. Rafael Reif
Personal details
Born (1951-07-22) July 22, 1951
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
University of Minnesota

Robert A. Brown (born July 22, 1951) is the 10th president of Boston University. He was formerly the provost of MIT.


  • Biography 1
  • Personal 2
  • Awards and honors 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Brown is a chemical engineer by training. A native of San Antonio, Texas,[1] he received his B.S. and M.A. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1979.[2]

In 1979, Brown joined the faculty of MIT as assistant professor. He worked at MIT for 25 years before moving across the Charles River to become the president of Boston University. During his tenure at MIT, he served as Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering, co-director of the MIT Supercomputer Facility, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and Dean of Engineering. In 1998, he became the provost of MIT.

Brown was selected as the 10th president of Boston University in May, 2005. He was inaugurated in September, 2005, succeeding Aram V. Chobanian, who served as President from October 2003 until June 2005.

Brown became an honorary citizen of President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a panel established to maintain a steady stream of expert advice from the private sector and the academic community on a wide range of scientific and technical matters.[2] Brown is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.[3] He is also a member of the Board of the Aalto University.


Brown lives in Brookline with his wife, Dr. Beverly Brown, who works at Boston University as director of development for the Center for Global Health & Development and the Office of Technology Development. They have two grown sons.[2]

Awards and honors


  1. ^ Bombardieri, Marcella (March 26, 2007). "At BU, a leader who's all ears". Boston Globe. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". Boston University Office of the President. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Robert A. Brown". Board of Directors. DuPont. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

External links

  • Boston University official biography
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