1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Miller, William Hallowes

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MILLER, WILLIAM HALLOWES (1801-1880), British mineralogist and crystallographer, was born in 1801 at Velindre near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, on the 6th of April 1801. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1826 as fifth wrangler, and became a fellow in 1829. For a few years Miller was occupied as a college tutor and during this time he published treatises on hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. He also gave special attention to crystallography, and on the resignation of W. Whewell he succeeded in 1832 to the professorship of mineralogy, a post which he occupied until 1870. His chief work, on Crystallography, was published in 1838. He was elected F.R.S. in 1838. In 1852 Miller edited a new edition of H. J. Brooke's Elementary Introduction to Mineralogy. He assisted, in 1843, the committee appointed to superintend the construction of the new Parliamentary standards of length and weight (see Phil. Trans., 1856). He died in Cambridge on the 20th of May 1880.