Elected: 1954
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Dr Agnes E Miller FRSE
Agnes Eleanora Miller, known to friends and family as Nora, was born on 7 September 1898 at Dunipace, Stirlingshire. She was the eldest child of the Reverend William Douglas Miller and his wife Agnes Cameron Adam, a pupil of Sir Hubert Parry and a fine soprano singer and pianist. At the age of seven Nora moved with her parents and younger twin brothers, Burnet and Ted, to 57 Kirklee Road in Glasgow’s West End. This was to be her home for over 50 years. Her brother Ian and sister Betty were born several years after the move.

Educated initially at Westbourne School for girls (1905-15) she then spent a year at Skerry’s College before entering Glasgow University intending to study medicine. There she quickly came under the spell of Sir John Graham Kerr, FRS, Regius Professor of Zoology and later MP for the Scottish Universities. He was to remain her inspiration for the rest of her days. He instilled in her a love of comparative anatomy – then (as it was for much of the first half of this century) the principal preoccupation of University Departments of Zoology. She abandoned her plans for a medical career and graduated MA in 1920. Sir John invited her to become a demonstrator in the Department of Zoology and in 1924 she was appointed Assistant Lecturer, shortly after the historic move of the Department (and the Zoology component of the Hunterian Museum) from the Gilbert Scott Building to a new and purpose-designed building of its own. She was promoted to Lecturer in 1929.

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