About the Author
Gerald A. Miller (Jerry to you; Dr. Miller to lawyers and bankers) is an organic chemist by training but works as a computer scientist conducting research and development in artificial intelligence. He is also president of Help Systems Publications and author of a number of titles of books and software sold by HSP.
He attended Penn State from 1966 to 1969 and received his B.S. in chemistry from Kutztown State College (now Kutztown University) in 1974. As a graduate student at Lehigh University from 1974 to 1980, he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, as well as his introduction to programming. He conducted postdoctoral work, also at Lehigh, in polymer science research from 1980 to 1981.
After working a summer job for a small custom synthesis company, he accepted a second postdoctoral position at SUNY Stony Brook in late 1981, from which he was promoted to Senior Research Associate and remained until 1988, returning again in 1998 to accept his current position as Senior Research Scientist on the SynChem project. In the interim, he worked as a consultant both on Long Island and later, for Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, MD. He also worked at Johns Hopkins University as a research associate in neuroradiology (brain-mapping research) from 1990 to 1996 and for Credit Management Solutions, Inc. (CMSI, Columbia, MD) from 1997 to 1998 as a database developer.
In addition to computers, he enjoys winemaking, woodworking, stamp collecting, cooking, casino gambling, stock and option speculation, and blues harp (harmonica) improvisation.
He has been married to Fran since 1996 and has two daughters, Helene and Lori, a stepson Jon, a son-in-law Ed, a granddaughter Simone, and a grandson Kenny.