Paul Brown, PhD
Paul Brown has lived in Panama, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Maryland, Spain, Orlando, Boston, Ithaca, West Virginia, Oregon, and Mexico. He received his BS, PhD, and postdoctoral training at MIT, University of Chicago, and Cornell University, respectively. He is a neuroscience professor emeritus, retired from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at West Virginia University. He wrote over 60 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals as well as three books, on computing and electronics, and Notes from a Dying Planet, 2004 - 2006, about the path humans have taken to the disaster of overpopulation, mass extinction, and climate change.
Brown has also worked as a freelance editor, on fiction and nonfiction books, and has completed a novel, The Birth of Adam, based on the concepts in Dead Planet. He produces esamizdat, a free newslink service about overpopulation, mass extinction, and global warming, and the suppression of democracy and human rights by corporations and the military industrial complex.
In 1968, after reading about the perils of nuclear energy, Brown became convinced that the nuclear industry was a threat to human life, and he began advocating against it. Subsequent disasters at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima have borne out his concern, as has the amassing of nuclear waste – especially in zones that will be underwater with sea level rise and flooding. In 1970, after reading Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb, he decided not to have children because of the overpopulation crisis, and underwent a vasectomy, which he has never regretted. In the early 70s, after testimony by climate scientists like James Hansen, he began reading the scientific literature on global warming, and in the 1980s, he became aware through a number of eminent scientific writings of the sixth mass extinction. By 2000, he was lecturing on these threats and the inadequacy of human responses, and he published Notes from a Dying Planet in 2006.
Paul Brown no longer travels; he boycotts corporations as much as he can, and consumes only what he needs.