Francis Brown was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1904. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 with a BA in science. In 1931, he received his doctorate in history from Columbia University. While writing his dissertation, he taught history at Dartmouth. He joined the "New York Times" in 1930 as an associate editor of "Current History." After serving in several positions, including as editor of "Time" Magazine from 1945 to 1949, he became editor of the "New York Times Book Review." He held this position until his retirement in 1971. Brown also wrote several books including "Joseph Hawley, Colonial Radical" (1931), "Raymond of The Times" (1951), and "The War in Maps: An Atlas of the The New York Times Maps" (1944). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth in 1952. Brown died on November 17, 1995.