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Finding Aid for the Mary Agnes Burniston Brazier Papers 1941-1995
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Mary A. B. Brazier was born in England in 1904 and died in Falmouth, MA in 1955. She received a Ph. D. in physiology and biochemistry from the University of London in 1930, began neuroscience research at Maudsley Hospital, London, and in 1940 came to Boston on a Rockefeller fellowship. She remained at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for twenty years, then moved to the Brain Research Institute at UCLA until her retirement. She was internationally known as an outstanding neuroscientist, historian, author, and editor. This collection consists mainly of materials pertinent to her historical research: photocopies of texts, notes, photographs and negatives of some 500 individuals and 40 institutions important in the development of the neurosciences; there is some emphasis on Russian neurophysiology and on instances of early calculating machines. About a tenth of the collection consists of professional and personal materials, mainly reprints and foreign-language copies of her books, plus sparse biographical material.
Brain researcher, neuroscientist, electroencephalographer, historian, computer analyst, author and editor par excellance, international organizer -- "Mollie" Brazier's career can not be summed up easily or tersely. She was a vibrant figure in the community of those studying the electrical activity of the nervous system, and her passing was mourned by colleagues around the world.
12.3 linear feet (26 boxes)
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The collection is open for research. Contact the History & Special Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA, for information.