Clarence Miller, a native Houstonian, graduated from Milby High School, then from Rice, where he majored in chemical engineering. He was commissioned in the US Navy and assigned for four years to the headquarters of their Nuclear Power Program in Washington, D.C. After completing his PhD at the University of Minnesota, he spent twelve years on the chemical engineering faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University before accepting a position at Rice in 1981. He was a Baker College Associate for 25 years, served 6 years as chair of the chemical engineering department, and was chair of Graduate Council on two separate occasions. From 1994 until retirement in 2008 he held the Louis Calder chair. He continued research until 2017 as a part-time research professor. Clarence has served on ARRUF’s activities committee and is currently an ARRUF director.
Clarence’s research interests center on surfactants, emulsions, microemulsions, and foams and their applications, especially in enhanced oil recovery and detergency. He is coauthor of the book Interfacial Phenomena,now in its second edition, and has published more than 150 papers in scientific and engineering journals. He has given invited lectures at conferences, universities, and industrial research laboratories in several countries. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has been a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, the University of Bayreuth (Germany), and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands).