Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Michael S. Brown, MD

class of 1958
inducted in 1987

Michael S. Brown, MD

1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Winner of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries about cholesterol that could help prevent heart attacks and strokes, Dr. Brown is a molecular geneticist at the University of Texas Health Center in Dallas.

A life-long fascination with science began with an amateur radio operating license obtained at the age of 13, while a student at
Thomas Williams Junior High School in Wyncote. At T.W. and then at Cheltenham High, this interest in science was fostered along with a growing interest in writing -- Dr. Brown's two major areas of interest.

Dr. Brown graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania undergraduate school and School of Medicine. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He spent several years at the National Institutes of Health, first as a Clinical Associate in Gastroenterology and Hereditary Diseases and then in the Laboratory of Biochemistry, where he learned the techniques of enzymology and the fundamental principles of metabolic regulation.

In 1971 Dr. Brown joined the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in
Dallas. Here his research work continued with his friend and associate, Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein. In 1974 Brown was promoted to Associate Professor and to Professor in 1976. In 1977 he was appointed Paul J. Thomas Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Director of the Center for Genetic Diseases. In 1985 Dr. Brown was named Regental Professor of the University of Texas.

Dr. Brown is a member of numerous professional organizations, and has received many awards and authored many professional publications. He has served on several review and editorial boards for various scientific publications.

Dr. Brown and his wife, the former Alice Lapin, have two daughters, Sara and Elizabeth. In his spare time, Dr. Brown is an avid windsurfer.