John Miller's father was John Miller (born in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire about 1840) who was a power loom weaver. His mother was Mary Miller (born in Eaglesham, Renfrewshire about 1847). He had two older sisters Margaret (born about 1868), and Jane (born about 1870) and one younger sister and five younger brothers: Robert (born about 1874), Mary (born about 1877), James (born about 1881), William (born about 1883), Thomas (born about 1886) and David (born about 1888).
John Miller attended John Street School, followed by the Free Church Training College for Teachers. He studied at the University of Glasgow and was awarded an M.A. in 1896. He had taken a range of subjects including Latin, Greek, Mathematics and Natural Philosophy and his degree was awarded with First Class Honours in Mathematics and Physics. Following this he went to Göttingen to continue his study of mathematics.
Returning from Germany he was appointed as a teacher in Maybole but after a short while he returned to the University of Glasgow in 1897 to continue his studies supported by a George A Clark scholarship. His research earned him a D.Sc. from Glasgow in 1909. He was appointed as an Assistant to George A Gibson at the Royal College of Science and Technology in Glasgow in 1899, continuing in this position for ten years before being appointed Professor at the same institution in 1909 after Gibson left to take up a chair at the University. He held this post until he retired in 1934.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 21 February 1910 having been proposed by George A Gibson, Magnus Maclean, Andrew Gray, and William Jack.
Article by: J J O'Connor and E F Robertson