About the author
Matthew Lorimer Miller was a computer scientist, traveler, writer, and teacher, who never had time to get advanced degrees. Directly out of high school he went to work for Nobelist Robert Wilson at Bell Labs. Years later, upon getting a BS in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester, he turned down the chance to go back to Bell and chose instead to join a start-up in Silicon Valley. After that company folded he decided to work his way around the world: He taught color theory at Aarhus University, Denmark, computer graphics at Charles University, Prague, and computer science at Vilnius University in Lithuania. In Vilnius he met and married Giedre Andrasiunaite and returned to the US with her in 1997. They settled in Princeton, NJ. and he went to work for NEC Labs. There, he pioneered digital watermarking technology, co-founded a start-up company that commercialized watermarking for digital rights management, and co-authored the definitive textbook on the subject. He held over thirty patents, and at the time of his diagnosis with non-small cell lung cancer he was doing research into machine learning and pattern recognition applied to the detection of cancer cells. He died just shy of three years from his diagnosis, leaving his wife, Giedre, and two daughters, Fia and Ada.
He read widely in philosophy, history, and science, and was a passionate historical board gamer. He managed to go around the world nine times.