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The Miller Fellow program is the central program of the Adolph C. and Mary Sprague Miller Institute
Miller Institute
The Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science was established on the University of California, Berkeley campus in 1955 after Adolph C. Miller and his wife, Mary Sprague Miller made a donation to the University...

 for Basic Research in Science on the University of California Berkeley campus, which constitutes the support of Research Fellows - a group of the world’s most brilliant young scientists. Each year, eight to ten Miller Research Fellows are chosen from hundreds of nominations in all areas of science on the basis the promise of their scientific research. The Fellowships are three-year appointments, during which the young scientists launch their careers, being mentored by Berkeley’s faculty and making use of the facilities at the university. A few Fellows stay on as new Berkeley faculty. Most move on to contribute to faculty positions at other reputed institutions around the world. Other comparable programs are the Harvard Junior Fellows and the Junior Fellowship Program at the University of Cambridge. To date, there have been about 400 Miller Fellows from all areas of science since the inception of the program in 1960. Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan
Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books...

 was among the first group of fellows in the program. Along with the Miller Fellows, the Miller Institute also supports Miller Professorships for selected Berkeley faculty, Miller Visiting Professorships, and Miller Senior Fellows. In all, the Institute has supported more than 1000 scientists, including eight Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...

 winners, six Fields Medal
Fields Medal
The Fields Medal, officially known as International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, is a prize awarded to two, three, or four mathematicians not over 40 years of age at each International Congress of the International Mathematical Union , a meeting that takes place every four...

ists, and several National Academy of Science members.

Notable Fellows

  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan
    Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books...

     : 1960 - 1962, Astronomy
  • Adrian Bejan
    Adrian Bejan
    Adrian Bejan is an American professor and proponent of the constructal theory of design and evolution in nature. He is J. A...

     : 1976-78, Mechanical Engineering
  • Steven Clarke
    Steven Clarke
    Steven G. Clarke, an American biochemist, is a director of the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA biochemistry department. Clarke heads a laboratory at UCLA's department of chemistry and biochemistry...

     : 1976 - 1978, Biochemistry
  • Reinhard Genzel
    Reinhard Genzel
    Reinhard Genzel is a German astrophysicist.-Life:Genzel studied physics at the University of Bonn where he did his PhD in 1978 and, in the same year, his OhD thesis on radioastronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy...

     : 1980 - 1982, Physics
  • Alexei Filippenko
    Alexei Filippenko
    Alexei Vladimir Filippenko is an American astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. Filippenko received a Bachelor of Arts in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1979 and a Ph.D...

     : 1984 - 1986, Astronomy
  • Grisha Perelman
    Grigori Perelman
    Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman is a Russian mathematician who has made landmark contributions to Riemannian geometry and geometric topology.In 1992, Perelman proved the soul conjecture. In 2002, he proved Thurston's geometrization conjecture...

    : 1993-95, Mathematics
  • Michael Manga
    Michael Manga
    Michael Manga is a MacArthur Fellow and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Part of his work has been funded by the National Science Foundation . The award from the NSF suppored his studies of geological fluid mechanics and...

    : 1994 - 1996, Geophysics
  • Safi R. Bahcall
    Safi R. Bahcall
    Safi R. Bahcall is an American technologist and business executive. He is currently President and CEO of Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., an integrated drug discovery and development organization specializing in cancer drugs....

    : 1995 - 1997, Physics
  • Sheila Patek: 2001-04, Integrative Biology TED Talk, Faculty Page
  • Adam Riess
    Adam Riess
    Adam Guy Riess is an American astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute and is widely known for his research in using supernovae as Cosmological Probes. Riess shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul...

    : 1996-98, Astronomy http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/