Millman received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1935. He joined Columbia University in 1951, and retired in 1975. From 1941 to 1987, Millman wrote eight textbooks on electronics. His obituary was printed in the New York Times newspaper on 24 May 1991.
He received in 1970 the IEEE Education Medal
- "IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved November 23, 2010.