Dr. Phyllis R. Brown was an accomplished researcher in the field of analytical chemistry who found as she rose to prominence that most of the boy’s clubs of science excluded women. Her (mostly genteel) responses were formed by steely determination, creativity, and integrity. Despite experiencing disloyalty, research theft, and social bias, she found allies and avenues to achieve her goals. She felt mentoring her graduate students and colleagues was as important as her research practice. She worked tirelessly for all students addressing any obstacles to their success. Keen to attract women to the sciences, she developed networking groups and opportunities for them as they pursued their education and entered the workforce. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, Phyllis proves a woman can have the best of all worlds. She shows how it takes courage, determination, organization, gratitude and a healthy dose of chutzpah to navigate life personally and professionally. Whatever your field and whether you are just starting your career or an established professional, Phyllis demonstrates how using analytical problem solving, common sense, humor, and resolve can help you achieve your dreams.
About the Author
Phyllis R. Brown, PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island is credited with over two hundred articles in scientific journals and known as “the Mother of High Pressure Liquid Chromatography.” She wrote five books, served as editor of many publications, was a gifted teacher and advisor to her graduate students. In retirement she dedicated herself to her husband, her many circles of friends in science and the community, and her children and their families.