- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Louis Brown, 84, scientist, historian

Louis Brown, a scientist and historian at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, died Saturday in New York City. He was 84.

Born in San Angelo, Texas, he graduated from St. Mary’s University in 1950 and joined the Army shortly thereafter. In 1952, he married Lore Elisabeth Frick of Ludwigsburg, Germany.

After his tour of duty, he attended the University of Texas, where he received a doctorate in 1958. He began his career at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism working on the Carnegie Van de Graaff accelerator project, an American-Swiss collaboration to study nuclear interactions and beams of heavy ions.

He is best known for his work in physics and geochemistry and for building instruments to explore nuclear phenomena and make isotopic measurements.

He spent the majority of his scientific career at Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Northwest, beginning in 1961. He served as acting director there from July 1991 to August 1992.

He recently completed a history about the past 100 years of science at his Carnegie department, which will be published this fall by Cambridge University Press.

He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and received the Amerbach Prize from the University of Basel in Switzerland.

Survivors include his wife, Lore, and a brother, Michael Brown, both of the District.

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