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In 1949, mathematician Marjorie Lee Browne became one of the first two African-American women to earn a Ph.D. in her field.
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Other grants landed her at the University of California at Los Angeles and, later, Columbia University.
In 1975, she was recognized with the first W.W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, an honor handed out by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Over the course of her lifetime, Marjorie Browne served as a member of numerous organizations, including the Women's Research Society; the American Mathematical Society; and the Mathematical Association of America. In addition, Browne was one of the first African-American women to serve as a member of the advisory council to the National Science Foundation.
Browne left North Carolina Central University in 1979. Sadly, however, she got to experience little of her retirement. On October 19 of that year she died of a heart attack at her home in Durham, North Carolina.
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