John P. Millis, Ph.D

Professor of Physics and Astronomy


Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University

B.S., Physics, Purdue University


  • Associate Professor of Physics, Anderson University
  • Chairman, Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Anderson University
  • Conducts astronomical research at the VERITAS observatory


John P. Millis, Ph.D., is a former writer for ThoughtCo, where he contributed articles on space and astronomy for three years. He has taught physics and astronomy at the college level since 2001 and is currently the chair of the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Anderson University in Indiana. He teaches a wide variety of courses while maintaining an active research program in high energy astrophysics.

Dr. Millis's research focuses on pulsars, pulsar wind nebulae, and supernova remnants. Using the VERITAS gamma-ray observatory in southern Arizona, he studies the very high energy radiation from these dynamic sources to extract information about their formation and emission mechanisms. In 2010, he co-founded a small consulting business, Aurum Consulting, LLC, assisting with biological testing, chemical formulations, and product development. 


Dr. Millis received a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy and a B.S. in physics with a mathematics minor from Purdue University. 

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