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Alden Holmes Miller

educator , mus. director.

Alden Holmes Miller, educator, mus. director. Awarded Brewster medal American Ornith. Union, 1943. Delaware, 8th International Ornith. Congress, Oxford, 1934; vice president 11th Ornith. Congress, 1954. Guggenheim fellow, 1958.


Miller, Alden Holmes was born on February 4, 1906 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Loye Holmes and Anne (Holmes) Miller.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity California at Los Angeles, 1927. Master of Arts, University California at Berkeley, 1928, Doctor of Philosophy., 1930.


Teaching fellow zoology University of California, 1927-1928, assistant, 1928-1930, associate, 1930, instructor zoology, 1931-1934, assistant professor, 1934-1939, associate professor, 1939-1945, professor, since 1945, assistant dean college letters and science, 1939-1940, department chairman paleontology, 1959-1960. Curator birds Museum Vertebrate Zoology, 1939-1940, director, since 1940. Curator of birds Museum Paleontology, since 1960, vice chancellor, 1961-1962.

Made field investigations on vertebrates Pacific Coast states, Mexico, Central America, Australia, Colombia.


  • Author: Systematic Revision and Natural History of North American Shrikes, 1931. Adaptive modifications and Evolution of the Hawaiian Goose, 1937. Speciation in the Avian Genus Junco, 1941.

    Analysis of the distribution of The Birds of California, 1944-1951. Fossil Birds of Pleistocene of California and Miocene of South Dakota, 1929-1941. Physiology of Reproductive Cycle of Birds, 1947-1960.

    Ecologic Factors influencing speed of Evolution, 1956. Breeding Cycles of Equatorial Birds, 1958-1961. Avifauna of an American Equatorial Cloud Forest, 1962.

    Lives of Desert Animals, 1964.


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Ornith. Union (president 1953-1956), California Academy Science. Member National Academy Sciences.

Member Zoological Society London. Member British Ornith. Union; member American Society Naturalists, Society Study Evolution (vice president 1956-1957), Society Vertebrae Paleontology, American Society Zoological, American Society Mammalogy, American Society Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Cooper Ornithology Society (president 1948-1951), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.

.; Member Committee on Classification and Nomenclature North America Birds, 1940-1957, chairman since 1960. Member International Commision on Zoological Nomenclature, president since 1963.


Married Virginia Elizabeth Dove, August, 1928. Children: Daniel Holmes, Barbara Dove, Patricia Lynn.

Loye Holmes Miller

Anne (Holmes) Miller

Virginia Elizabeth Dove

Daniel Holmes Miller

Barbara Dove Miller

Patricia Lynn Miller