Miller, Robert Rush, 1916-2003

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Biographical History

Robert Rush Miller was an ichthyologist and important proponent of conservation in the American Southwest. He was born April 23, 1916, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and grew up in the Los Angeles area. He attended Pomona College, and finished his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. While a student, he was asked by Carl Hubbs to join a collecting trip with Hubb’s family Lehman Cave, Nevada, July 1938. It was during this trip that he met Hubb’s daughter Frances Voorhees Hubbs, who would become his wife 1940. She collected and assisted her husband in the field until her death in 1987. He went on to attend University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 1944, Miller was hired as Assistant Curator in the Division of Fishes at the U.S. National Museum. In 1948 he took part in the British, Australian and American "Arnhem Land" expedition in 1948. Also in 1948, Miller joined the faculty of University of Michigan, eventually earning tenure. He passed away February 10, 2003.


  • Library of Congress. NACO. Control Number: n 50033218
  • Cashner, F. M., Smith, G. R., & Cashner, R. C. (2003). Robert Rush Miller and Frances Hubbs Miller. Copeia. 2003 (4), 910-916. Retrieved from

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