Willard Miller received a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from the University of California, in 1963. After two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courant Institute, he joined the School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, where he has been a Full Professor since 1973. He was the Head of the school during 1978–1986, and the Cofounder of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in 1980. He was an Associate Director of the IMA during 1987–1994, then Director during 1997–2001. He was also an Associate Dean for Finance and Planning at the Institute of Technology during 1994–1997, then an Acting Dean in 1995. His research interests are in applied harmonic analysis and mathematical physics generally, and particularly in the application of symmetry techniques in such areas as integrable and superintegrable systems, special functions, orthogonal polynomials, separation of variables, relativistic wave equations, q-series, and signal processing. He has written three books (one textbook and two research monographs) and about 180 research papers, and has edited dozens of IMA proceedings. He was the Managing Editor of the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis for 6 years, with service on several other editorial boads. He was appointed as an IT Distinguished Professor in 2005.
Biography Updated on 17 June 2008