Patrick Miller, 2013 Holland Award Recipient

Patrick MillerDr. Patrick Miller is a Professor of Mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX) where he also teaches astronomy.  He is an adjunct professor at Cisco College where he teaches astronomy, and an adjunct professor at the University of South Queensland (Australia) where he is a graduate advisor to doctoral students in astronomy.  He has been in the classroom for 40 years starting in 1973 as a graduate student in mathematics at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque).

In 2006, Dr. Miller founded and now directs the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC, or “Isaac”), an online outreach program in astronomy for high school and college students.  Each year, students participants from 500 schools in more than 60 countries make original discoveries of Main Belt asteroids located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Students have also discovered near-Earth objects, including one potentially-hazardous asteroid, Jupiter Trojan asteroids, one trans-Neptunian object, and one Jupiter-family comet.

IASC collaborators include the University of Hawaii (Pan-STARRS), University of Arizona (NASA OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids!, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter), Western Kentucky University (Kitt Peak National Observatory), Yerkes Observatory (University of Chicago), University of California at Berkeley (Lawrence Hall of Science), National Astronomical Observatories of China (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Center for Theoretical Physics (Polish Academy of Sciences), and a number of others.

Dr. Miller has discovered several Main Belt asteroids and one supernova.  His IASC Data Reduction Team (IDaRT) makes hundreds of published observations of near-Earth objects and comets each year. The asteroid #4984 is named “Patrick Miller” in his honor by the International Astronomical Union (Paris).