The Johnson & Johnson Centennial Chair in Plant Cell Biology was initiated in 1982 with a generous gift from Johnson & Johnson to The University of Texas at Austin. The University matched the gift to endow a Chair in Plant Cell Biology for a total of $1 million. Professor R. Malcolm Brown, Jr. of the Department of Botany is the first holder of this endowed Chair. Interest earned from the Endowment goes to assist with many day-to-day operations of the RM Brown Laboratory.

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