Berkeley Lab

Jeanette E. Brown, Chemist, Historian, and author of “African American Women Chemists,” to Speak August 18

0539_Diversity_Jeannette_Brown_11x17_v3_070114Jeannette E. Brown, an organic chemist and historian, will describe her life in chemistry and how research was done in the days before the Internet and computerized equipment on Monday, August 18th at noon in the B50 Auditorium.  She will also discuss her work on coccidiosis and on dehyropeptidase enzyme inhibitor, part of the currently on-the-market antibiotic Primaxin.  Throughout her career, Brown has worked to bring underrepresented students into STEM studies.  Her book, African American Women Chemists, details the lives of early African American female pioneers in chemistry, up to the Civil Rights Era.  Brown received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Hunter College in 1956 as one of two African Americans in the first class of Hunter College’s new chemistry program.  She then earned her M.S. degree in organic chemistry in 1958 from the University of Minnesota and was the first African American female to do so.

Brown is a former faculty associate at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); was a research chemist at Merck & Co. Inc. for 25 years; and was appointed to the National Science Foundation Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women Minorities and Persons with Disabilities.

The event is sponsored by Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, the Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC), and the Diversity and Inclusion Council.  If you have any questions, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office at

If you are offsite, click here to view the presentation via live streaming:

For more information on Jeannette E. Brown and her book, African American Women Chemists, please visit:

(Note: Brown’s talk was recorded and saved in our archives. Click here to watch.)