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MILLER , WILLIAM HALLOWES ( 1801 - 1880 ), crystallographer ;

b. 6 April 1801 at Felindre near Llandovery — his mother was Welsh . He went to S. John's College , Cambridge , was fifth wrangler in 1826 , became Fellow in 1829 , and professor of mineralogy in 1832 . He occupied his chair for forty-eight years — it is curious to note that what with Miller and W. J. Lewis (q.v.) , this chair was held by Welshmen for ninety-four consecutive years. The D.N.B. has a full article on Miller , and Trans. Cymm. , 1932-3 , has an article with a long list of his papers. He d. 20 May 1880 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Corrections and additions:

MILLER , WILLIAM HALLOWES ( DWB , 633).

He had to take an M.D. degree in 1841 to satisfy the college statutes which required tutors to be medically qualified or clerics . He was elected F.R.S. in 1838 and secretary of the Royal Society in 1856 . He was active on the commission to review the standard weights and measures of the United Kingdom in 1843 and he was a member of the Commission internationale du Mètre in 1870 .

Sources:

  • Proceedings of the Royal Society , 31 (1881) , ii;
  • S. Markelyne , Nature , 22 (1880) , 247.

Author:

Dr Llewelyn Gwyn Chambers, Bangor

Published date: 1959