Ivan Brown obituary
In 1953, our father, Ivan Brown, who has died aged 86, was working at the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company when a colleague mentioned that “the group next door” was looking for a research assistant. Ivan leapt at the chance to do something different, and joined the Medical Research Council’s applied psychology unit (APU) as a technician. Within 21 years, he had risen to the position of assistant director of the APU, and by the time he retired in 1993 he had published more than 130 scientific papers, won numerous distinguished awards and fellowships in his field, and had been appointed OBE for services to research on transport safety.
Ivan was born in Isleham, Cambridgeshire, and grew up in the Fens. His father, Cecil, had a smallholding and drove a bus; his mother, May, was a domestic servant before marriage, and then became a housewife. Ivan left grammar school at 16, studied electrical engineering at evening college, and completed his national service as a commissioned officer with the Royal Engineers in India and Singapore.
Source: Guardian Transport