Mark Brown was born and raised in Kansas where he entered and served in the United States Air Force upon graduating high school. After serving in the Air Force, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in geology from Wright State University and eventually his master’s degree in astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology. Mark has always displayed his passion and enthusiasm for the sciences, especially astronomy.
Mark has taught college astronomy courses at McKendree University and Dickinson College where he enjoyed interacting with the students. In addition, he has worked in several planetaria and started out as a planetarium specialist at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium in Montgomery, Alabama. He then served as Senior Astronomer at the St. Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium and has done consulting work and guest speaking for the O.J. Peterson Planetarium.
Most recently, Mark worked as a geologist for the Pennsylvania Geological Survey conducting field work and using GIS software to build geologic maps for the state of Pennsylvania. He is an avid photographer and astro-photographer who enjoys observing and imaging the night sky through his telescopes and cameras. He is passionate about conducting educational public outreach and bringing the concepts of astronomy down to the human level of understanding. For Mark, it is the darkness and beauty of the night sky that brings light to his day.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Apollo 11 - Achieving the Goal Anamosa Library and Learning Center
Neighborhood Star Party Mark Brown's Home
Galactic Fridays - Eat Like An Astronaut and Skype with NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim! Marion Public Library - 1095 Sixth Avenue Marion, IA 52302
Comets! Vagabonds of the Solar System Clermont Public Library
Apollo 11 - Achieving the Goal Waterloo Public Library