Willis Harrington Professor
Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
239 Brown Lab
Newark, DE 19716
Steven Brown was born in Portland Oregon, and attended Portland State University, where he graduated Summa cum laude in 1972. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry in 1978 from the University of Washington, working with Bruce Kowalski. That year he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with a joint appointment at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In 1981, he moved to Washington State University, and in 1986, to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware, where he is presently Willis F. Harrington Professor.
He has served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware for five years, as a Section president of the American Chemical Society for two years, and as President of the North American Chapter of the International Chemometrics Society for two years. He has served on the Editorial staff of The Journal of Chemometricssince its inception, first as North American Editor and for 20 years as Editor-in-Chief before stepping down in 2007. He now serves on the Journal’s editorial board. Since 2007, he also has served on the Board of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examination in Chemistry.
His research interests concern a wide range of problems in chemometrics, the mathematical and multivariate statistical analysis of data from chemical instrumentation, and has resulted in over 150 publications in the scientific literature. He has edited two books, including the four-volume set Comprehensive Chemometrics published by Elsevier. A focus of his research has been on the development of new instrumental methods through use of multivariate mathematical methods for multi-component analysis, including calibration transfer, and the novel use of data fusion methods. He was winner of the first EAS Award in Chemometrics in 1996. His work has had applications in biomedical analysis, food science, forensic science, pharmaceutical characterization, and homeland security.