- Cheltenham School District
Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Michael Brown ’58 to Receive Honorary Degree at Arcadia University Undergraduate Commencement
ELKINS PARK, PA. (May 1, 2019) - A 1958 graduate of Cheltenham High School, Michael S. Brown, M.D., Nobel Prize Laureate and regental professor of molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, will receive an honorary doctorate of science at Arcadia University’s 2019 undergraduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17. Brown will also address Arcadia’s newest alumni.
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and physician anesthesiologist, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws and address students at Graduate Commencement on May 16.
“Each year, Arcadia University selects honorary degree recipients whose intellectual curiosity, determination and humility serve to inspire graduating students. This year, we honor two individuals, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh and Dr. Michael Brown who have dedicated their careers to improving the quality of life for so many,” said Arcadia President Dr. Ajay Nair. “It is a privilege to have Dr. Arkoosh and Dr. Brown address our graduates.”
Prior to commencement, on Thursday, May 16, Dr. Brown, who was inducted into the CHS Hall of Fame in 1987, will deliver “How to Win a Nobel Prize” to Arcadia and Cheltenham students in Arcadia’s Commons Great Room from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The talk is open to the public.
A leading physician scientist, Dr. Brown was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1985 with his scientific partner Dr. Joseph Goldstein for their work concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism. The two began their collaboration in 1971, when they discovered the low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor, which controls the level of cholesterol in blood and in cells. They showed mutations in the LDL receptor gene causes Familial Hypercholesterolemia – a genetic disorder that can lead to premature heart attacks as early as the age of three. Their discoveries enabled the development of statin drugs, which millions of people take to regulate cholesterol in the blood. For their work, Drs. Brown and Goldstein also received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1988.
Dr. Brown is a member of numerous prestigious science organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, to which he was elected in 1980. He is also active in the American Academy of Arts and Science, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the American Society for Cell Biology. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London.
Dr. Brown and his wife, Arcadia alumna Alice Lapin Brown live in Dallas, Texas, where he is director of the Jonsson Center for Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. From 1968 to 1971, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health under Dr. Earl R. Stadtman, a pioneer in enzyme regulation. Dr. Brown graduated from Cheltenham High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1962, doctor of medicine degree in 1966, and an honorary doctor of science degree in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania.