Emery Brown Awarded the 2018 Dickson Prize in Science

IDSS Communications Office | December 07, 2018

Emery N. Brown is the 2018 recipient of Carnegie Mellon University’s Dickson Prize in Science. Awarded annually since 1970, the Dickson Prize recognizes substantial achievements or sustained progress in the fields of natural sciences, engineering computer science or mathematics. Brown is one of the “world’s experts on statistical analysis of neuronal data,” writes Carnegie Mellon faculty member, Robert Kass. His research has also helped decipher how anesthetic drugs create the state of general anesthesia.

Brown joined the MIT faculty in 2006. He is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering, Professor of Computational Neuroscience, and a core faculty member of IDSS. Brown is the Associate Director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Co-Director of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences Technology Program and an investigator in the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. He is also the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Brown is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering, the IEEE, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.

Brown served on President Obama’s NIH Brain Initiative Working Group. He is the recipient of an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the National Institute of Statistical Sciences Jerome Sacks Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Applied Mathematics, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Excellence in Research Award.