Majorie Lee Browne was a noted mathematics educator. She was one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics.
As an academic, she left her greatest mark at North Carolina College (now called North Carolina Central University) in Durham, where she joined the school’s faculty immediately after earning her Ph.D.
While discrimination against African Americans and women was significant during her early career, she was recognized for her achievements in education and mathematics.
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.