Miller, Willoughby Dayton
- Malvin E. Ring
Miller, Willoughby Dayton (01 August 1853–27 July 1907), dental scientist, was born in Alexandria, Licking County, Ohio, the son of John Hinkle Miller and Nancy L. Somerville, farmers. He attended the University of Michigan, majoring in science, and received his A.B. degree in 1875. He went to Edinburgh, Scotland (1875–1876) for further study in chemistry and applied mathematics, with the goal of becoming a mining engineer. A lack of funds caused him to interrupt his studies, and he subsisted by teaching adults in night school. In 1876 he went to Berlin for advanced study in physics. There he met Frank P. Abbott, a dentist, who was the unofficial leader of the American colony. Abbott was greatly impressed with young Miller and urged him to study dentistry, because he felt the profession needed men with scientific training, especially in physics and chemistry....