Philip G. Miles, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo, died Friday in his Williamsville home. He was 84.
Dr. Miles -- an expert in experimental mycology, the study of the genetics and biology of fungi -- taught biology at UB for 51 years.
He served on Faculty Senate and was chairman of the biology department for six years. He received many teaching awards, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998, the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2003 and the Milton Plesur Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004.
Before teaching at UB, Dr. Miles served as a research associate at the University of Chicago and spent three years as a research fellow at Harvard University.
In 1963 and 1964, Dr. Miles taught at Okayama University in Japan as a Fulbright Research Scholar. He also traveled overseas as a visiting scientist at universities including National Taiwan University, Academia Sinica in China, Tottori Mycological Institute in Japan and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He was author of 45 scientific papers and five books.
Dr. Miles graduated from The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J., and attended Yale University, where he played varsity basketball and tennis. He then received a doctorate in botany from Indiana University.
Dr. Miles served for three years in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Eleanor Allen; two sons, Philip G. Jr. and Allen R.; and a daughter, F. Curtis.
A memorial service will be in August.