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Brown, Benjamin G., 1837-1903
|Benjamin G. Brown (1839-1903) was Walker Professor of Mathematics at Tufts College from 1865 until his death in 1903.In addition to mathematics, Professor Brown taught classes in physics, astronomy, Latin, and Greek.|
Brown was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on February 22, 1839.After obtaining his B.A. from Harvard in 1858, he became principal of Marblehead Academy. In 1861 he was invited to become an instructor at Tufts, and in 1865 he received his M.A. in mathematics from Tufts and was elected Walker Professor of Mathematics. He was active on the Somerville School Board, and the school located on Willow Avenue in Somerville is named in his honor.
Brown lived at 38 Professors Row in the house that became known as the Brown-Durkee House. His daughter, Henrietta Noble Brown Durkee, was the first woman to graduate from Tufts.
Brown died of a heart attack at his summer home in Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 1903. He is remebered by a bronze bas relief in Goddard Chapel.
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