Miller, Dayton Clarence, 1866-1941

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Birth 1866-03-13
Death 1941-02-22

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Professor of physics at Case Institute of Technology, involved in theoretical physics and the development of complicated techniques for the quanitatitive measurement of physical phenomena, including the velocity of light in magnetic fields, the expansion of gases, the ether drift, interferometer applications, the photographic registration of sound waves and the quality of musical sounds; and a pioneer in the study of x-rays, radium, and wireless telegraphy.

From the description of Papers, 1887-1939. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78036782

American scientist Dayton C. Miller was born in Strongsville, Ohio, March 13, 1866, and grew up in the small Ohio town of Berea. He worked his way through Baldwin University (later Baldwin-Wallace College). In 1886 he gave a lecture about the sun and also played a flute solo with orchestra. Later he obtained a doctorate in astronomy at Princeton University and in 1890 began an association with the Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland that lasted for over 50 years. In 1908 he introduced the phonodeik, a device that until the invention of electronic oscillators was one of the chief means of converting sound waves into visual images and thus of analyzing all manner of sounds from musical instruments to human speech. Miller's interests in acoustics and music-making were chiefly responsible for his starting, and are reflected in, his collection of flutes and wind instruments. Miller died on Feb. 22, 1941, in Cleveland.

From the description of Dayton C. Miller flute collection, 1880-2000 (bulk 1905-1941). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71055625


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