Thomas A. Miller, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California
Location: Riverside, California, United States

Thomas A. Miller, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in entomology.

Dr. Miller discovered his passion for entomology during his time as a student. At first, he thought the field was weird, but he eventually grew to find it to be quite interesting. Though he had initially planned on pursuing a career in physics, he eventually decided to focus on becoming an entomologist. Before making this decision, Dr. Miller had earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of California, Riverside. However, by 1967, he acquired a Doctor of Philosophy in entomology from his alma mater.

That same year, Dr. Miller commenced his career as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health within the University of Illinois. There, he got to work with Robert Metcalf, one of the best entomologists in the world. In the years that followed, Dr. Miller served as a visiting professor in the zoology department at the University of Glasgow and as an assistant professor of entomology at the University of California. He later became an associate professor and the acting head of the division of toxicology and physiology at the aforementioned institution, earning the title of professor and entomologist in 1976. In 2013, Dr. Miller was awarded the title of professor emeritus, which he continues to hold today.

Reflecting on his abundant success, Dr. Miller recognizes many exciting times in his career. The highlight, though, was discovering the myogenic properties of cockroaches. A shocking discovery, it truly changed his life. Likewise, his work with the Pink Boms insecticide changed his life just as much as it changed the insecticide resistance industry as a whole. Dr. Miller is currently working on a book about cotton, which will be globally published in the coming years. As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Miller is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the West and the second edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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