Who Inspire Us
Lee Browne, a notable contributor to the field of mathematics, was
born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1914. Browne's father and stepmother
encouraged her to study math.
graduated cum laude from Howard University in 1935. She then earned
her MS in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1939. She
became a teaching fellow in 1947 at the University of Michigan.
In 1949, Browne earned her doctorate in mathematics, one of the
first two Black women to do so.
taught mathematics at North Carolina College after graduating from
Michigan University. Shortly thereafter, in 1951, she became the
chair of the Mathematics department.
was a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow studying computing
and numerical analysis at the University of California at Los Angeles.
She studied differential topology at Columbia University in 1965-66,
where she won a fellowship. In 1975 Browne was the first recipient
of the W.W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics
last years of her life, Browne used her own money to help gifted
math students pursue their education. Some students came to her
with less than adequate preparation; she helped them pursue the
study of mathematics and complete their Ph.D degrees.