David McDowell Brown

David McDowell Brown (1956 - 2003)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Capt David McDowell Brown
Born in Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Over Texas, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2017
This page has been accessed 277 times.

Categories: American Notables | Life Scout | United States Navy | Defense Distinguished Service Medal | Meritorious Service Medal | National Defense Service Medal | NASA Astronauts | Space Shuttle Columbia Crew Members | Space Flight Disasters | Congressional Space Medal of Honor | NASA Distinguished Service Medal | NASA Space Flight Medal | Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

David McDowell Brown is notable.
Join: Notables Project
Discuss: notables


David McDowell Brown (April 16, 1956 – February 1, 2003) was a United States Navy captain and a NASA astronaut. He died on his first spaceflight, when the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) [1] disintegrated during orbital reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.

1957 Born in Amarillo, Potter, Texas, USA.
1978 Bachelor of Science in Biology, College of William and Mary.
1982 Doctorate in Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School. Joined the US Navy. During his Navy career, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Defense Service
1996 Selected by NASA in Astronauts Group 16. [2]
2003 Flew on Columbia STS-107 as MS1 with Rick Husband, William C. McCool, Kalpana Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, Laurel B. Clark and Ilan Ramon. Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Space Flight Medal. [3] Died when the Columbia broke apart during reentry.
Space Flight
2004 Awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. [4]
Space Medal
of Honor


United States Astronaut. Born in Arlington, Virginia, he attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and joined the US Navy immediately after his internship in 1982. He served as director of medical services at Navy Branch Hospital in Adak, Alaska, became a naval aviator in Beeville, Texas in 1990 and was a US Navy Captain test pilot in 1995. In 1996, he was selected as a Mission Specialist in the NASA Space Shuttle program and was a Astronaut on the shuttle Columbia science and research mission flight on January 16, 2003. On February 1, 2003, NASA lost all contact with the shuttle Columbia just minutes before scheduled landing time. A short time later it was confirmed that the Columbia had exploded over eastern Texas and that there were no survivors.


  1. STS-107
  2. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, by Year
  3. Agency Awards Historical Recipient List
  4. Congressional Space Medal of Honor Recipients

See also:

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

No known carriers of David McDowell's ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests and no close relatives have taken a 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA "Family Finder" test.

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 1
David McDowell Brown Image 1
David McDowell Brown Image 1


B  >  Brown  >  David McDowell Brown