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JONATHAN MILLER
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May 4, 2007

A critic once described the mind of Jonathan Miller as "a turmoil of sizzling wires, connecting drama with anthropology, literature with quantum physics, linguistics with genetic theory."

The son of a distinguished child psychiatrist, Miller studied natural sciences at St John's College, Cambridge and qualified as a Doctor of Medicine in 1959.

At University, Miller was a member of the comedy troupe, the Cambridge Footlights, from which he was invited to join the satirical production, "Beyond the Fringe," with Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Peter Cook, which many regard as the antecedent to Monty Python and Saturday Night Live.

Since his detour away from medicine, Miller has spent forty years directing theater, opera and film for many of the most distinguished companies in London and New York, such as The National Theater, The Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC Television, The Metropolitan Opera Company and many others.

He was awarded the honorary title Doctor of Letters by Cambridge University and, in 1997, was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London.

His recent documentary, "A Brief History of Disbelief," airs this month on PBS station.

More on Jonathan Miller and the theater.
References and Reading:
Find out when "A Brief History of Disbelief" is playing in your area or check with your local PBS station.

JONATHAN MILLER'S BRIEF HISTORY OF DISBELIEF
The BBC's Web site for the documentary contains a disbelief quiz, extended tapes from the documentaries series of interviews and additional resources.

"Self-Made Things" from the BBC
In this five-part series, Jonathan Miller returns to his roots in medicine and tells the story of how we came to understand reproduction and heredity.

References and Reading:
  • Web Exclusive Clip: Miller and the Theater

  • View a clip from "A Brief History of Disbelief"

  • Watch Sir John Houghton, who has reconciled faith and science very differently than Jonathan Miller, on BILL MOYERS ON FAITH & REASON

  • Bill Moyers talks with Colin McGinn about atheism and literature on BILL MOYERS ON FAITH & REASON

  • More on Belief and Doubt from BILL MOYERS ON FAITH & REASON Web site including author Susan Jacoby on her book FREETHINKERS, former nun Karen Armstrong and scholar of religions Huston Smith.

    Photo by Robin Holland

    Published May 4, 2007

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