Beth A. Brown: Shooting for the Stars

February 22, 2011  |  

(The NEIU Independent) — Astrophysics is defined as an area of science which applies physical laws discovered on Earth to phenomena throughout the cosmos. Originated by Sir Isaac Newton, the father of physics, this area of Science has been the way in which many meaningful discoveries were made regarding astronomical science. Dr. Beth A. Brown is one African-American woman whose contributions to Astrophysics are ones for this history books.

Beth Brown started her life with loving parents, a younger brother, and her cousin in beautiful Roanoke, VA. She was always a studious student who enjoyed the wonder of Science. In high school, she was a high achiever and was challenged with Advanced Placement courses.  It was here where her participation in science fairs and research into all facets of Science were truly nurtured. Despite her love for science, it was neither in elementary, nor high school where she honed her love for Astronomy. Her love affair with the universe was mostly fantasy/fiction based in her younger years. She was an avid Star Wars, and Star Trek fan, and loved watching shows and movies about space.

Dr. Brown found her passion in Astrophysics as a student at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Under the tutelage of her very caring academic mentor – Dr. Brown honed her skills in Astrophysics and learned how to ask relevant questions in regards to her research. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa Suma Cum Laude, and paved a well etched road of achievement for young African American women who might showcase an interest or aptitude in Science.

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