Marjorie Lee Browne (1914-1979):
Marjorie Lee Browne was the third African-American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. She was born in Tennessee and her father, a postal clerk, encouraged his daughter to take her studies seriously. In spite of the hostile racial climate that permeated the country, Browne pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty at North Carolina Central University and in 1960, Browne received a $60,000 grant from IBM to set up a computer on the NCCU campus. It was the first time that technology of that caliber had been established at a minority college.