class of 1958
inducted in 1987
Michael S. Brown, MD
1985 Nobel Prize in
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
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
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.