Robert Brownlee was a scientist, a naturalist, a chromatographer, an inventor, and a philanthropist. He was the founder of Brownlee Labs, Inc., Microphoretics Systems, Incs, and the Bay Area Chromatography Colloquium. Robert Brownlee studied analytical chemistry at San Jose State University, and received his B.S. degree in 1965. He was awarded with more than a dozen patents. In 1987, he established the Robert Brownlee Foundation from his personal funds. Robert Brownlee was a visionary and his generosity continues to extend that vision to science education for young people to this day.