Tom Millar did his BSc and PhD degrees at UMIST in Manchester before moving to postdoctoral positions in Toronto and Oxford. He returned to UMIST as an SERC Advanced Fellowship and was subsequently appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. Following 10 years as Professor of Astrophysics there, he moved to QUB in January 2006 as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Mathematics and Physics.
His research interests lie in the study of the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium, in particular with the use of molecular line emission in understanding the processes of star birth and star death. Much of this occurs through observations with millimetre and sub-millimetre telescopes around the world in combination with the development of chemical kinetic models and their associated databases.
He is currently Chair of the International Board of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii and President of Division VI (Interstellar Matter) of the International Astronomical Union.