Robert Hallowes Brown
Formerly a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Western Australia, later Chief of the CSIRO Division of Manufacturing Technology  and a Director of collaborative manufacturing research in Australia and internationally. Author of two books studying Homo sapiens and the adverse influence of the human plague with the unfortunate side effects (collateral damage?) of its technologies on planet Earth.

Several Books have been summarised and reviewed - these summaries are available at REFERENCES



Published in October 2020, "An Ätman visits planet Earth" is a science fiction story of a robotic person, Horatio, using a remarkable new form of energy to travel at just under the speed of light from his own planet to planet Earth 25 million years ago. By a system of 3-D printing Horatio regenerates his body every million years, so that he is able to study the evolution of earth from the time of the dinosaurs, through their destruction, followed by the evolution of mammals till the present day. The history of evolution is accurately outlined and the achievements of homo sapiens are documented in the book.

The nature of human culture is discussed, including philosophical and religious concepts and the rise of the economy as a driving motivation.

The unfortunate side-effects of exponential growth in population and technology are seen as a threat to the future of Earth. A science fiction solution is devised.


Published in July 1988, "Why do people do what they do?" is a study of the culture and behaviour of human beings. Starting with a review of what it is to be human being, the book goes on to examine philosophy, psychology and the operation of human mind.

Chapter on the physical structure and mechanics of the brain is followed by a discussion of the techniques used in brainwashing and mind control.

Two chapters contrast the wide range of paranormal spiritual and religious beliefs that the homo sapiens have developed with the incredible understanding of the physical universe and the technological achievements of the species.

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VC_Brown1958 Experiences of Captain Vernon Carlisle Brown MC & bar in World War One.  The web has some photographs of memorabilia from that period.  It is a transcription of a diary kept by Vernon Brown during his 20 month stint in the battle zone of France.

The diary gives details of actions and an impression of life in the trenches. It includes some philosophical musing about the nature of war and human interactions.

 Vernon Carlisle Brown was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia on 13th January 1893.  He spent his early life in Gippsland and moved with his mother to 15 Mercer Road Armadale in his teenage.  He went to school at Caulfield Grammar and to University of Melbourne to study Medicine, receiving his MB BS degrees in December 1915.  The degree was shortened by a year with the deletion of women’s and children’s health issues, thus increasing the supply of medical officers for war duties.  He enlisted in the Australian Army Corps in 1916 and was sent to Europe in December 1916.  After some advanced training in England in early 1917 he was posted to the war front in France and served there till late 1918.
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