Peter MacKenzie Millman

Peter MacKenzie Millman, astronomer (b at Toronto 10 Aug 1906; d at Ottawa 11 Dec 1990). Educated at U of T and Harvard, Millman was an astronomer at U of T 1933-41 and served in the RCAF during WWII.

Peter MacKenzie Millman

Peter MacKenzie Millman, astronomer (b at Toronto 10 Aug 1906; d at Ottawa 11 Dec 1990). Educated at U of T and Harvard, Millman was an astronomer at U of T 1933-41 and served in the RCAF during WWII. After 9 years at the Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, he transferred to the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL in 1955 as head of upper-atmosphere research. In 1986 he was awarded the title researcher-emeritus at the NRC.

Millman's own specialty was the spectroscopic study of METEORS, for which he was awarded the J. Lawrence Smith Medal of the US National Academy of Sciences. He traced meteors by RADAR and in the 1950s was chairman of the Canadian government's interdepartmental committee on unidentified flying objects. Millman was an officer of the International Astronomical Union and presided over its committee on planetary system nomenclature 1973-82. In 1984 Minor Planet No 2904 was named Millman in his honour.