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Jeanette Grasselli Brown

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Jeannette Grasselli Brown

2002 Medalist

Jeanette Grasselli Brown spent 38 years in industrial research,retiring in 1989 as Director of Corporate Research for BP America (formerly Standard Oil Company). She is a past Chair of the Ohio Board of Regents, the coordinating body for all higher education in the State of Ohio where she served form 1995-2008.

Brown received her B.S. degree from Ohio University and her M.S. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She holds 13 honorary degrees, including one from the University of Pecs in Hungary. She has one patent, 80 publications and nine books in the field of infrared and Raman spectroscopy.

Her civic involvements include the Boards of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, NorTech, Friends of Breakthrough Schools, One Community, ideastream (public television and radio), Global Cleveland, College Now Greater Cleveland, the Hungarian Development Panel, Chagrin Arts, and the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair. She is Chair of the Board of the Cleveland Water Alliance.

She has been a Director on the Board of six public corporations and has served on the White House Joint High Level Advisory Panel for assessing US/Japan science and technology.

She has received the Garvan Medal as the outstanding woman chemist in the United States from the American Chemical Society, and was the first woman inducted into the Ohio Science and Technology Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor (2002) and she was selected for the book Ohio 200 Years, 200 Women: Ohio's First and Finest. She is in the City Club Hall of Fame and was inducted into the inaugural class-Cleveland International Hall of Fame. Hungarian President Pal Schmitt awarded her that country's Medal of Merit in 2011 during a visit to Cleveland. She and her husband, Dr. Glenn R. Brown, past President of the Generation Foundation, received the H. Peter Burg Regional leadership Award from Team NEO.

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