Edward Brown

Edward Brown

Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering; Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
CMSE: Room 2507B, Engineering Building
  428 S. Shaw Ln.
Main: Room 3266, Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
  567 Wilson Rd.

B.S., 1993, Ohio State University

Ph.D., 1999, University of California, Berkeley


A native of Ohio, Brown did his undergraduate studies at the Ohio State University. He then earned a Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of California, Berkeley, under the supervision of Prof. Lars Bildsten (now a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB). While at Berkeley, Brown was supported by a NASA Graduate Student Fellowship. Upon graduating, he was awarded an Enrico Fermi Fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he worked in the ASC Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes. In 2004, Brown moved to Michigan State University to join the Physics and Astronomy faculty, with a joint appointment in the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. He is affiliated with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, an NSF Physics Frontier Center. In 2018, Brown became Associate Chair of the Department of Computational Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at MSU.

Brown's research interests include stellar and nuclear astrophysics, especially related to compact objects and stellar explosions. In his free time he enjoys running and cycling.

  • Stellar and nuclear astrophysics relating to compact objects and stellar explosions

[1] Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA): Planets, Oscillations, Rotation, and Massive Stars, Paxton B., Cantiello M., Arras P., et al. 2013, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 208, 4.

[2] The Equation of State from Observed Masses and Radii of Neutron Stars, Steiner A. W., Lattimer J. M., Brown E. F. 2010, The Astrophysical Journal, 722, 33.

[3] Crustal Heating and Quiescent Emission from Transiently Accreting Neutron Stars, Brown E. F., Bildsten L., Rutledge R. E. 1998, The Astrophysical Journal, 504, L95.

[4] The Neutron Star Mass-Radius Relation and the Equation of State of Dense Matter, Steiner A. W., Lattimer J. M., Brown E. F. 2013, The Astrophysical Journal, 765, L5. 

[5] On Variations in the Peak Luminosity of Type Ia Supernovae, Timmes F. X., Brown E. F., Truran J. W. 2003, The Astrophysical Journal, 590, L83.