Mary Brown is a graduate of the George Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology. She has a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Liverpool. She was an Archivist at the Island County Historical Society in Coupeville, Washington, USA. She was also the Project Archivist on the Wellcome Trust funded Spinal 2 Sport project where she catalogued records relating to the development of disability sport and the history of the Paralympic Games.
In their podcast, Mary Brown and Pallavi Podapati discuss their mutual interest in the history of disability and sports, and the birth of the Paralympic Games in 1948, at Dr. Ludwig Guttman’s now legendary Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. This uplifting and essential podcast shines a light of the international importance of the early Paralympic movement, as Mary and Pallavi discuss how the care at Guttman’s unit, and the progress made in rehabilitating the men and women injured in the Second World War, changed the future of both sport, and life with a disability.