Profiles in Public Health: Harry Knowlton Brown

Harry Knowlton Brown

Soldier, Researcher and Public Health Dentist

Dr. Harry Knowlton Brown distinguished himself as a public servant and member of the dental profession. Born in Nova Scotia, he served as a machine gunner in World War I and then taught school in Saskatoon for some years before entering the University of Alberta and graduating in dentistry in 1930. He practised in Alberta until 1939 and was a member of the Provincial Legislature representing the Pembina District from 1935-1940. Dr. Brown enlisted again and served in the Dental Corps in World War II where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He attended the University of Toronto’s School of Hygiene after the war and graduated with a Diploma in Dental Public Health. After a short time in private practice, he was appointed Director of Dental Public Health in the Department of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa. There, he organized and directed one of the first scientific research studies of water fluoridation conducted in North America. Dr. Harry Knowlton Brown was awarded CPHA’s Honorary Life Membership in 1965.

(Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 56, 1965)