Ph.D. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1948
Browder headed the University of Chicago's mathematics department for 12 years, and also held posts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Brandeis University and Yale University, before going to Rutgers University in 1986 as the university's first vice president for research. He was well known for his critical work in the development of nonlinear functional analysis, for his work in applying both linear and nonlinear functional analysis to partial differential equations, and for his strong support of efforts to improve undergraduate and graduate education in the mathematical sciences. He proposed and chaired the program for the Mathematical Challenges of the 21st Century, a major event at the University of California, Los Angeles, in celebration of World Mathematical Year 2000. Browder was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the AMS.