Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Drown, Thomas Messinger

DROWN, Thomas Messinger, chemist, b. in Philadelphia, Pa., 19 March, 1842. He was graduated at the Philadelphia high-school in 1859, and at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1862. Subsequently he studied at the Freiberg, Saxony, mining-school and in the University of Heidelberg. During 1869-'70 he was instructor of metallurgy in Harvard, and from 1874 till 1881 he held the chair of analytical chemistry in Lafayette college. In 1885 he was called to a similar place in the Massachusetts institute of technology, Boston. Prof. Drown was one of the original members of the American institute of mining engineers, its secretary, and editor of its “Transactions” from 1871 till 1884. He has published numerous professional papers on metallurgy and chemistry, and also addresses, which have appeared chiefly in the “Transactions of the American Institute of Engineers.”