Dr. Dwayne Miller

Dr. Dwayne Miller
Toronto, Ontario

R. J. Dwayne Miller, Max Planck Director (2010-2020), and Distinguished Faculty Research Chair/Professor of Chemistry and Physics University of Toronto (1995-present) has published over 300 research articles, one book, and several reviews. He has pioneered the development of both coherent multidimensional spectroscopy methods, ultrafast laser technology, and introduced the concept of using ultrabright electron sources to directly watch atomic motions during the defining moments of chemistry. This latter work accomplished one of the dream experiments in science, to bring the chemists’ collective gedanken experiment of chemistry to direct observation.  He also has a long standing commitment to getting research into real life applications, having started up 6 companies.

His research accomplishments have been recognized with an A.P. Sloan Fellowship, Camille, Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Presidential Young Investigator Award (USA), Polanyi Award, Rutherford Medal in Chemistry, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Medal, E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, of the American Chemical Society (2015), the Centennary Prize from the Royal Society of  Chemistry (2016), and numerous named lectureships.  He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the CIC, Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and distinguished University Professor at the University of Toronto.  In 2018, he was honoured with the European Physics Society Award for Laser Science for achieving the fundamental limit to minimally invasive surgery. He is also a strong advocate for science promotion earning the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (2011) for founding Science Rendezvous, which is one of the largest celebration of science (geographically at least) with over 300 events all across Canada with new initiatives in the North, aimed to make science accessible to the general public with over 200,000 attendees annually made possible by >6000 volunteers/researchers.