Roger Miller, perhaps the most outstanding experimental physical chemist of his generation, was sadly taken from us at the age of53 years, at the peak of his career.
Roger Ervin Miller was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on 23 July 1952, the son of Ruth and Donald R. Miller. Roger had one older brother, Gerry, and one younger sister, Patricia. Roger's father worked in a tyre factory and was very innovative and creative in mending items around the house, a trait that he passed on to his children. From a very early age Roger was curious about the world around him. He was also a hard worker, raising rabbits or picking dew worms to earn money so that he could purchase model rockets, the bigger the better. This was the time of Sputnik and the US space programme, Roger being just 5 years old when the first Sputnik satellite was launched in 1957. As Roger explained in a memoir that he began to write in 2000 (but never finished; extracts are reproduced by courtesy of Mrs. Debbie Miller):