Gerrit Smith Miller

Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr. ( born December 9, 1869 in Peterboro, New York, † February 24, 1956 in Washington) was an American zoologist and botanist. Its official botanical author abbreviation is " GSMill. ".

In 1894 he graduated from Harvard University and worked under Clinton Hart Merriam ( 1855-1942 ) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1898, four years later, he was assistive curator at the United States National Museum in Washington. From 1909 to 1940 he was a member of the biological department of the Smithsonian Institution.

In his studies of print samples of the Piltdown Man, which he published in 1915, he came to the conclusion that the jawbone was assigned to a fossil ape.


  • Directions for preparing study specimens of small mammals (1894 )
  • Results of the Study of North American Land Mammals to che Close of the Year 1900 (1901)
  • The Families and Genera of Bats (1907 )
  • Catalogue of the Land Mammals of Western Europe ( 1912)


  • Keir B. Sterling and others ( ed.): Biographical dictionary of American and Canadian naturalists and environmentalists. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT 1997, ISBN 0-313-23047-1.