Marjorie Lee Browne

Adhiti Chundur, Staff Writer


 Marjorie Lee Browne was born in Memphis, Tennessee in September of 1914. Despite racial tensions, she attended LeMoyne High School, a private school that offered an education to African American students.  She graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1935.

Browne received her Ph.D. in 1949 from the University of Michigan; Browne was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate in mathematics. She started teaching mathematics at North Carolina Central University immediately afterwards, and became the chair of the mathematics department in 1951. Browne is most known for her contributions to NC Central University.

According to, “her college became home to a prized National Science Foundation Institute for secondary education in the area of mathematics.”