Donald G. Miller Research Materials, 1860-2003 (bulk 1956-1980) (MSS 754)

Restrictions: Original audio recordings are restricted. Listening copies may be available.

Extent: 1.2 Linear feet (2 archives boxes, 1 card file box)

Research materials of Donald Gabriel Miller (1927-2012), an American physical chemist and science historian. The collection includes correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, interview transcripts and sound recordings regarding European and American physicists and chemists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Donald Gabriel Miller was born October 29, 1927 in Oakland, California. After earning a B.S. in chemistry at UC Berkeley in 1949 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1952, he was employed as a chemist at the University of Louisville and at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He also taught as an adjunct professor or visiting professor at various universities in the United States, France, Italy, and Australia. In 1956, he was hired as a chemist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he remained until 1992. Miller published more than 170 papers in physical chemistry, ballistics, and the history of science; one of his papers was referenced by chemist Lars Onsager in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Miller began studying the work of nineteenth century French physicist and philosopher of science Pierre Duhem (1861-1916) in 1957, corresponding with his daughter, Hélène Pierre-Duhem (1891-1974), and with Duhem's colleagues. In 1960, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in France, where he returned frequently. Concerned that Duhem's letters, then owned by Pierre-Duhem, might become lost or destroyed, Miller applied for funding to create preservation copies of the correspondence. In 1966 he was awarded a grant from the University of California Academic Senate, sponsored by UC San Diego chemist Stanley L. Miller. Donald Miller's published articles on Duhem increased interest by historians in his work, and the Duhem correspondence was purchased by the Institut de France Académie des sciences in 1980.

In addition to his work in the physical sciences and the history of science, Miller was known as a civic activist. He served as mayor, city council member, and planning commission member in the city of Livermore, lobbying for reduced housing density, clean air, open space, and cultural resources. Miller was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Mathematics Association of America, Sigma Xi, the Association for Symbolic Logic, and the History of Science Dinner Club in Berkeley. He died on February 3, 2012 in Livermore, California.

Research materials of Donald Gabriel Miller (1927-2012), an American physical chemist and science historian. The collection includes correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, interview transcripts and sound recordings regarding European and American physicists and chemists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The correspondence is in French and English.


Container List


Box 1 Folder 1
Archives Nationales, France, 1963-1965
Box 1 Folder 2
Brouzeng, Paul, 1974-1998

Includes transcription of a report by Pierre Duhem's thesis committee at the École Normale Supérieure, 1885.

Box 1 Folder 3
Coleman, Bernard D., 1970
Box 1 Folder 4
Cot, Donatien, 1958-1961
Box 1 Folder 5
Courtoy, C., 1967-1968
Box 1 Folder 6
de Groot, Sybren, 1976
Box 1 Folder 7
Delépine, Stepháne, 1962
Box 1 Folder 8
Dufourcq, Norbert, 1963-1973
Box 1 Folder 9
Gallet, Marie-Madeleine and H. Charles Gallet, 1963-1980
Box 1 Folder 10
Greenberg, Daniel A., 1965
Box 1 Folder 11
Hadamard, Jacques, 1958-1963
Box 1 Folder 12
Hahn, Roger, 1965-1966
Box 1 Folder 13
Hiebert, Erwin, 1966-1971
Box 1 Folder 14
Institut de France, Académie des Sciences, 1957-1963
Box 1 Folder 15
Jaki, Stanley L., 1980-1992

Includes correspondence with Stillman Drake, 1964.

Box 1 Folder 16
Kampé de Féret, Joseph, 1961-1963
Box 1 Folder 17
Kuhn, Thomas S., 1962
Box 1 Folder 18
Lepoutre, Gerard, 1960-1966
Box 1 Folder 19
Martin, R.N.D. (Niall), 1968-1991

Includes transcriptions of correspondence from Lucien Laberthonnière to Duhem, 1905-1916, from Adrien Pautonnier to Duhem, 1897, and between Duhem and Maurice Blondel, 1893-1916; and a list of Duhem correspondence received by the Académie des Sciences in 1980.

Box 1 Folder 20
Massoulier, A., 1956
Box 1 Folder 21
Maurel, Raymond, 1966
Box 1 Folder 22
McGucken, William, 1965
Box 1 Folder 23
Olphe-Gaillard, Jean, 1958-1967
Box 1 Folder 24
O'Malley, Joseph, 1965
Box 1 Folder 25
Oravas, Gunhard, 1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 26
Paul, Harry W., 1970-1980
Box 1 Folder 27
Philpot, John St. L., 1979-1982

Includes draft of unpublished autobiographical talk by Philpot, 1974, and biographical notes on Philpot.

Box 1 Folder 28
Pierre-Duhem, Hélène, 1957-1975
Box 1 Folder 29
Piontelli, Roberto, 1962-1966
Box 1 Folder 30
Rank-Xerox, S.A., 1966
Box 1 Folder 31
Rilbe, Harry, 1966-1984

Includes drafts of unpublished autobiographical writings by Rilbe.

Box 1 Folder 32
Russo, François, 1965-1972
Box 1 Folder 33
Taton, René, 1963-1977
Box 1 Folder 34
Truesdell, Clifford, 1962-1972
Box 1 Folder 35
Université de Bordeaux, 1956-1963
Box 1 Folder 36
Correspondence - Miscellaneous


Box 1 Folder 37
Duhem, Pierre-Maurice-Marie. In Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 1965-1971
Box 1 Folder 38
Ignored Intellect: Pierre Duhem. In Physics Today, vol. 19 no. 12, 1966
Box 1 Folder 39
Duhem, Pierre Marie Maurice, 1970
Box 1 Folder 40
Review of Uneasy Genius: The Life and Work of Pierre Duhem by Stanley L. Jaki, 1987
Box 1 Folder 41
Donald G. Miller, et al. The Onsager Reciprocal Relations for Ternary Diffusion in the System NaCl-MgCl2-H20 at 25°. Lars Onsager Symposium, Norwegian Institute of Technology, University of Trondheim, 1993 June 2-4
Box 1 Folder 42
The History of Gouy and Rayleigh Diffusion Measurements, 1999
Box 1 Folder 43
Diffusion and Thermodynamics in Multicomponent Aqueous Protein Solutions Relevant to Crystal Growth. Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen, 2002 May 29
Box 2 Folder 1
Thermodynamic Data for Ternary Protein Systems from Transport Properties Using the Onsager Reciprocal Relations. Onsager100 Conference, Trondheim, 2003 June 15


Pierre Duhem

Box 2 Folder 2
Duhem bibliography, 1996
Box 2 Folder 3
Donald G. Miller and Stanley L. Miller. Report on Examination of Duhem Correspondence, 1968 February 1
Box 2 Folder 4
Grant proposals, 1966
Box 2 Folder 5
Notes, 1966

Includes interview notes with Hélène Pierre-Duhem, Norbert Dufourcq and René Taton.

Box 2 Folder 6-8
Notes on Duhem correspondence, 1963-1980
Box 2 Folder 9
Photographs of Pierre Duhem and family, ca. 1860-1916

Includes correspondence from Hélène Pierre-Duhem, 1965.

Box 2 Folder 10

Other scientists

Box 2 Folder 11
Prigogine, Ilya - Correspondence and transcript of interview by Donald Miller, 1977 September, 1975-1977
Box 2 Folder 12
Interview with Lars Onsager by Donald G. Miller at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - Transcripts, 1976 May 14
Box 2 Folder 13
Meixner, Josef. Recollections of My Work in Thermodynamics - Draft, 1977 July
Box 2 Folder 14
Notes on scientists, 1977

Includes notes on Karl Ferdinand Braun, Georg Bredig, Sybren de Groot, and Josef Meixner.


Box 3 Folder 1-2
Lars Onsager interview on the history of irreversible thermodynamics - Audiocassette (2 hours 36 minutes), 1976 May 14
Box 3 Folder 3
Alexander G. Ogston interview on the origin of Gouy measurements by himself and John St. L. Philpot - Audiocassette (60 minutes, side A), 1979 May 7
Box 3 Folder 4
Gerson Kegeles interview on the origin of the Gouy method of measuring diffusion - Audiocassette (74 minutes), 1979 October 30-31
Box 3 Folder 5-6
Harry Svensson Rilbe interview on the history of optics - Audiocassette (2 hours 45 minutes), 1983 May 26
Box 3 Folder 7
John St. L. Philpot interview at Oxford on the history of optics - Audiocassette (45 minutes, side B), 1983 June 19
Box 3 Folder 8
Michael Creeth interview on diffusion history - Audiocassette (86 minutes), 1985 July 4