Papers of Ronald Miller, geographer, Professor of Geography, 1953-1976, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • PhD thesis, 1933;
  • Publications, 1937-1973;
  • Presscuttings and typescripts, 1954-1966;
  • Society and personal papers, 1930-1973;
  • Slides, undated;
  • Countries, 1936-1977;
  • Subjects, undated;
  • Photographic negatives and microfilm, 1936-1952;
  • Diaries, 1958-1972;
  • Photographs, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ronald Miller was born on the 24th August  1910  , son of John Robert Miller and Georgina Park. In 1940 he married Constance Mary Phillips and had one son and one daughter. He was educated at North Queensferry, Fife, then at Stromness Academy. He went on to study at the  University of Edinburgh where he obtained a First Class Honours in Geography in 1931. In  1933  he obtained his PhD, after gaining a Carnegie Research Fellowship at the Marine Laboratory of the Scottish Home Department, Aberdeen. He then taught geography as an assistant lecturer under Professor H J Fleure at Manchester University.

In  1936  he took advantage of the Nigerian Government's education scheme and worked as an Education Officer for 10 years. For the five years during the war Ronald Miller served with the Nigerian Regiment, he was called up from the Supplementary Reserve and was raised to a staff captain, "A" Branch. In  1947  he returned to Scotland and lectured at Edinburgh University. Then in  1953  he joined the Geography Department at  Glasgow University where he remained until  1976  . Professor Miller was also a Guest Lecturer at the following Universities: the University of Montpellier, 1957: the University of Oslo and Handelshøyskole Bergen, 1966: Simon Fraser University, 1967. After retiring Professor Miller moved to Orkney, and in  1978  he became a member of the Orkney Island council. His publications include (with McNair) Livingston's Travels;The Travels of Mungo Park; (with Tivy) ed.The Glasgow Region, (1958); (with Watson) Ogilvie Essays, (1959);Africa, (1967);Orkney, (1976). Ronald Miller died on the 10 August 1990  . Source: Who's Who, (1981, London), The College courant, 11, (1953, Glasgow)


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Gift : Mrs Alison Fraser : Archivist, Orkney Island Authority, Kirkwall : 1995

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 5 May 2000 (fonds level description) and by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff (lower level descriptions). Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 16 March 2004. Edited by Alma Topen, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing) and Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), October 2012. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 21 January 2014.