Harry Edward Brown
UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG GEOLOGY DEPARTMENT
He was born in 1952 within sight of the famous Witwatersrand mine dumps to a family steeped in mining history and spent most of my childhood growing up on a gold mine. I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours Degree in 1977 and worked in coal and petroleum exploration before joining the School of Mines of the Technikon Witwatersrand in 1983. My principal function was teaching, as it still is today. In 1990 I became Head of the Geology Department and an Associate Director of the School of Mines. In 2005 the Technikon Witwatersrand merged with the Rand Afrikaans University and Vista University to become the University of Johannesburg.
From 2005 to 2006 I was Co-Head of the Geology Department and from 2007 to the present, the Deputy Head. My department was responsible for teaching Geology to more than 500 students per year and I have personally taught more than ten different Geology subjects to students in Geology, Mining, Metallurgy, Surveying and Civil Engineering. During the last 15 years, besides my normal teaching duties, I have specialised in developing and presenting a range of short courses for non-graduate staff employed in the Minerals Industry.