G. G. Brown: Mentor and pioneer

A leader whose methods and means were ahead of their time, Brown remains a Michigan icon. | Short Read
IMAGE:  G.G. Brown

George Granger Brown was a member of the Chemical Engineering faculty at Michigan from 1925-1957.  During his time at the University, he would serve as both the chair of the Chemical Engineering Department and the dean of the College of Engineering. While dean in the 1950s, Brown played a vital role in the physical expansion and modernization of the College.

With a love of discussion and debate, Brown was provided an excellent testing ground for his novel ideas. One of his PhD students said, “his close acquaintances would call him ‘G.G.’; both his intimidated admirers and his fainthearted critics referred to him as ‘Great God’ with no disrespect intended.”

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