Biography of Ronald Miller
Ronald Miller (1910-1990) was Professor of Geography at the University, 1953 to 1976. He was Dean of Science from 1964 to 1967.
Born in Orkney, Miller was in the first class to study for an Honours degree in Geography in Scotland, graduating MA from the University of Edinburgh in 1931. After completing his doctorate at the Torrie Marine Laboratory he worked in Africa as an education officer and then served in the Royal West African Frontier Force during the Second World War. He returned to the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer before his appointment to the Glasgow Chair in 1953.
Miller inherited a small department, which grew to become one of the largest Geography schools in the country under his energetic direction. He was influential in establishing Archaeology and Topographic Science as degree subjects and the University acquired an international reputation for post-graduate training in Cartography and Photogrammetry. His research work ranged from Mathematical to Historical Geography, with a particular emphasis on Africa.