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Register of the Stanley Miller Papers MSS 642
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Description
The papers of Stanley Miller, chemist, biologist, and professor at the University of California, San Diego, known for his research into the origins of life. The papers date from 1952 to 2010 and include correspondence, writing, referee reports, research and subject files, teaching materials, conference and meeting materials, grant proposals, and audio visual materials.
Background
Stanley Miller was born in Oakland, California, in 1930. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1951 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1954. It was there, as a graduate student studying under Harold Urey, that Miller gained attention for his research into the origins of life. As part of his graduate research, Miller created an electric discharge experiment which showed how amino acids could be generated from chemicals thought to have been present on the primitive earth. Miller's results were published by the journal Science in 1953, attracting attention from both the scientific community and the popular press.
Extent
92.7 Linear feet (227 archives boxes, 2 cardfile boxes, one flat box, and five mapcase folders)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Referee reports in Series 10 are restricted and use requires permission of the Director of the Mandeville Special Collections Library. Also, audio visual materials in Series 11 are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.