Neal Brown came to Fairbanks in the fall of 1963 to study the aurora borealis at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He remained at the Geophysical Institute as a research scientist for 47 years before retiring. He was director of Poker Flat Research Range from 1971 through 1989, taught science for non-science majors at UAF and initiated several education outreach programs while at UAF. He was the director of the State of Alaska Space Grant Program from 2002 through 2008. He continues to teach for a number of education programs such as Road Scholars, the Osher Life Long Learning Institute, and UAF K-12 Outreach.