Michael Brown

Swarthmore College

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Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA


Mike Brown is the Morris L. Clothier Professor of Physics at Swarthmore College. Prof. Brown has operated the SSX device for 25 years to study fundamental magnetohydrodynamics problems connected to astrophysics. These include laboratory experiments in magnetic reconnection, plasma turbulence, and self-organization. He earned his BA in physics from Pomona College in 1981, and his PhD from Dartmouth in 1987. He was a senior research fellow at Caltech from 1987-1994 and has been at Swarthmore since 1994. Prof. Brown is a Fellow of the the APS, and recipient of the APS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution. He is currently Vice-Chair of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, and Chair-Elect of the Topical Group in Plasma Astrophysics.