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About Malcolm E Brown


Malcolm E Brown has over a hundred publications. They span a remarkable range: scientific papers, journalistic articles, "how to” advice, short stories and a novel. He is a columnist and award-winning writer (Research Quality Association premier article 2008). Acclaim for articles includes "exceptionally elegant” and "He paints a superb picture”; for his novel "thrilling cocktail”.

He could do so because he is something of a polymath. His father was a teacher, grandfather a coal miner. He is a retired pharmacist who has dispensed prescriptions, given advice and chatted to all manner of people in community pharmacies, an MRPharmS and BA (Open University). He has master (University of Bradford) and doctorate (University of East Anglia) degrees in natural and social scientific research. He is also a member of the Society of Authors. That mixture is extremely unusual.

He has worked as an industrial production manager (big Pharma) and in senior positions in the British National Health Service (NHS). As Director of Pharmacy and Civil Emergency Planning at a district general hospital, he liaised with blue light services.

Later, as a consultant, he trained the "entire” UK sales force of a major international company on selling medicines to the NHS. He certified batches of medicines as an EU Qualified Person (QP): a "legal” "quasi-governmental” role. Several licences, for human, animal and investigational medicinal products, named him. He audited and advised in several countries. He was keynote speaker at an international multidisciplinary conference at The Hague. His brief was to stimulate thinking "outside the box.”

He delights in his reputation as a quirky commentator and interpreter of worlds. Interests include astronomy and wildlife gardening. He is widely travelled and an experienced mentor. He now lives in East Anglia, UK.