The Miller lectures honor Emeritus Professor Carlos O. Miller, who had a longstanding interest in the mechanisms of plant growth and development.
Carlos O. Miller (1923-2012) enrolled at The Ohio State University after serving in the army during World War II. He earned his doctorate in plant physiology there in 1951, and upon graduation accepted a position in Folke Skoog's laboratory at the University of Wisconsin. There, Miller isolated kinetin, a key hormone that influences plant growth and development. The Skoog lab was the first to show the diversity of kinetin's effects and its interaction with the plant hormone auxin.