City-born scientist wins top US award

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A SHEFFIELD-born scientist has won a prestigious US science prize.

Dr Craig Brown, a professor at the University of Delaware and staff chemist at the NIST center for Neutron Research, was presented with the prestigious Arthur S Flemming Award for his work to help develop safe hydrogen storage systems for use in eco-friendly cars.

Dr Brown, aged 38, from the Manor estate, is a former student of Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill, Derbyshire, and a Cambridge University graduate.

He studied natural sciences at the university and a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Sussex in Brighton before moving to the US.

The awards are administered by George Washington University and the winners are selected from all areas of federal service.

It is the not first award of Dr Brown’s career.

In 2010 he won the White House award for his outstanding contribution to the American world of science - the highest honour bestowed by the United States Government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Dr Brown has returned regularly to his home city and given speeches to students at Mount St Mary’s College.