Scientist (born with the name of Hopeton Brown) also known as Overton Brown, is one of the pioneer of dub music. He is an apprentice of King Tubby. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1960. His name came from a joke between King Tubby and Bunny Lee. The observe Brown's technical ambitions and advanced thinking ideas, Tubby mentioned "Damn, this little boy must be a scientist."
Brown's knowledge in electronics was taught by his father who is working as a television and radio repair technician.He start building his own amplifiers and will brought transformers from Tubby's Dromilly Road studio. While working there, he keep on asking King Tubby to give him a break in mixing. He was brought on at Tubby's as an assistant which he perform tasks such as winding transformer coils and start working as a mixer in the mid-1970s. At first creating dubs of reworked Studio One rhythms for Don Mais' Roots Tradition label. He was given a chance when Prince Jammy cut short a mixing session for Mais because he is very tired to go on. "Collie Weed" is first hit record that he mixed was Barrington Levy's. In the late 1970s, he left King Tubby's studio and became the chief engineer for Channel One Studio when he was hired by the Hoo Kim brothers. He was given a chance to work on a 16-track mixing desk instead of the four tracks at Tubby's.