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James G. Miller

Albert Gordon Hill Professor of Physics Emeritus

Office Contact Information

169 Compton

Physics Department, CB 1105
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

(314) 935-6229
(314) 935-6219

Research Interests

Professor Miller's research focuses on the physics of anisotropic, inherently inhomogeneous media. These systematic studies of the anisotropic properties of the heart have led to fundamentally new insights. An NIH Grant supporting this research was awarded MERIT status, which is designed to "provide long-term, stable support to investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior, and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner." This research has provided the basis for significantly improved diagnostic images of the hearts of patients and has been incorporated into commercially available echocardiographic imagers in use throughout the world. Miller’s publication list includes more than 165 refereed manuscripts, more 110 conference proceedings and book chapters, and more than 265 abstracts of presentations at national and international meeting. Current investigations include studies of the physics of ultrasound propagation resulting from causality-imposed generalized dispersion relations.


James G. Miller's Complete Publications List


1969 Ph.D., Washington University


Professional History

James G. Miller joined the Washington University faculty in 1970 as Assistant Professor of Physics. He is currently the Albert Gordon Hill Professor of Physics and Director of the Laboratory for Ultrasonics. Miller also holds the rank of Professor of Medicine in the Washington University School of Medicine and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in 1986, a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in1990, a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 1998, and a Fellow of the American Institute Of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2000. In 2004, Miller was awarded the Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America. He was named as the recipient of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society's Achievement Award in 2006 and Rayleigh Award in 2016. In 2014, Miller received the Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. For the past 40 years, Miller has shared the results of his research with Washington University undergraduates in a course entitled Physics of the Heart. For this course, Miller received the 1989 Faculty Teaching Award from the Council of Students of Arts & Sciences. In 2004, he received the Emerson Teaching Award. Miller has also been a mentor to 35 physics graduate students who have completed the Ph.D. under his direction.