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Brown, Sanborn Connor, 1913-1981

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1913 - 1981

Sanborn Conner Brown, born January 19, 1913 in Beirut, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1935. In 1937 he received an Master's in Physics from Dartmouth as well. He began his long teaching career in 1935 as a research assistant at Dartmouth College. In 1937 he was named a Kramer Fellow and by 1938 had moved up to the position of teaching fellow. He became an instructor in the Physics department in 1941, an associate professor in 1945, an assistant professor in 1949 and a full professor in 1962. In 1963 he became the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at M.I.T from which he retired a professor emeritus in 1975. Sanborn Brown was an authority on plasma physics and thermodynamics. He published extensively in scientific journals and published a biography of Count Rumford (Benjamin Thompson) in 1962. He was a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council from 1968-1971 and also chaired the Continuing Education Committee. He died on November 28, 1981.

Rev. Francis Brown D.D. was born in Rockingham, NH in 1784. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1805 and worked as a tutor from 1806-1809. He was ordained in 1810 and worked as a professor of language at Dartmouth College in 1810 before becoming President of the College in 1815. He died on July 7, 1920. He was the great-great grandfather of Sanborn Brown and the father of Samuel Gilman Brown.

Samuel Gilman Brown was born in 1813 and graduated Dartmouth College in 1831. He worked as a professor at the College form 1840-1867 before becoming President of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY in 1867. He stayed at Hamilton until 1881 and continued his teaching career as professor at Bowdoin College from 1883-1885. He died in 1885.

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Sanborn Brown papers

MS-1064
 Collection
Identifier: MS-1064
Overview Sanborn C. Brown (1913-1981). Dartmouth College class of 1935, physics professor, Dean of Graduate Studies at M.I.T, authority on Plasma physics and thermodynamics. Contains information related to his tenure as a professor of physics at M.I.T as well as his scientific publications, research material for his book on Count Rumsford, and numerous documents and correspondence related to the study of physics.