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 Nato a Pittston in Pennsylvania nel 1921, Carl Ferris Miller è stato uno dei pochi americani ad ottenere la cittadinanza coreana.

 Min Byung-Gal (il nome coreano che prese nel 1979 quando venne naturalizzato) è noto per aver fondato il famoso giardino botanico Chollipo Arboretum che si trova a Taean-gun una cittadina della parte centro occidentale della Corea del Sud.

 Con lo scoppio della seconda guerra mondiale egli iniziò a studiare il giapponese presso la Scuola di Lingue Orientali di Boulder nell'Università del Colorado e nel 1945 fu incaricato della ricerca dei soldati giapponesi dispersi nell'isola di Okinawa.

 Nel 1949 divenne deputato a Seul che lasciò per il Giappone allo scoppio della guerra Coreana. Tornato in Corea nel 1951 lavorò per la Banca di Corea fino al suo pensionamento avvenuto nel 1980.

 Ė stato un giocatore di caratura internazionale ed ha fatto parte a lungo della nazionale di bridge coreana.

 Il suo giardino botanico ha ricevuto molti premi internazionali ed è tutt'oggi uno dei più ricchi e e curati del mondo.

 Carl scomparve a Taean-gun nel 2022 a causa di un cancro.

  Carl Ferris Miller (Korean name: Min Byung Gal, 1921–2002), was an American expatriate living in Korea, eventually becoming one of few Americans to be naturalized as a Korean citizen. He is best known as a world-famous arborist and founder of the Chollipo Arboretum in Taean-gun, South Chungchong Province, Korea.

Miller, a native of Pittston, Pennsylvania was a Phi Beta Kappa chemistry major in college. With the outbreak of World War II, he studied Japanese at the US Navy Japanese/Oriental Language School at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He went on to serve as a Naval Intelligence Officer. In 1945 he was assigned to seek out Japanese soldiers still on the island of Okinawa, questioning village residents during the day. At night, the Japanese would return to obtain food and other support from the villagers.

According to William C. Sherman, in 1949 Miller was his deputy at the Performance Review Section of the Economic Cooperation Administration in Seoul. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, he was evacuated to Japan, returning in 1951. In 1953 Miller worked for Korea's central bank, the Bank of Korea, until his retirement in the early 1980s. He became fluent in the Korean language and later worked as a financial advisor and broker with a number of Korean financial firms, ending with Good Morning Securities.

Miller eventually took the Korean name Min Byung-gal and in 1979 became a naturalized Korean citizen, one of only two Americans to ever do so.

He was a skilled bridge player and traveled the world with the Korean national team. He gave time and money to a number of worthwhile causes and extended personal assistance to many Koreans, including the continuing support of over 50 children.

During a 1962 swimming trip, a weekend getaway from Seoul, Miller was persuaded by a cash-poor, land-rich villager into buying a barren plot of land near the fishing village of Chollipo in Taean-gun. It sat idle until 1970, when, disgusted by Seoul's worsening air pollution, Mr. Miller moved his traditional Korean house from its Seoul location to his seaside retreat.

When Mr. Miller settled at his new seaside retreat, he decided it needed some trees. He planted a few and then a few more. More villagers approached him to buy their land, so he did—and then he planted more trees. He later said he had had no idea he would create an arboretum recognized by international horticultural societies, no idea that he would give up his nationality and no idea he would be awarded the highest honor the Korean government can bestow on a civilian. He just wanted to plant a few trees.

Today the arboretum boasts a collection of millions of examples of the more than 13,200 species of trees and plants that Mr. Miller spent 40 years collecting, growing and cultivating. In addition, the arboretum grounds are home to traditional tile-roofed wooden houses called hanok that he moved there and renovated.

Miller and his arboretum have received many awards including recognition by the United Kingdom's Royal Horticultural Society, the U.S. Freedom Foundation and the Korean government.

In 2002 he was awarded the Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit by then-President Kim Dae-jung.

In 2005, Miller posthumously became the fifth person awarded the Forest Hall of Fame Award for the contribution of the Chollipo Arboretum to Korea's forestry sector.

The International Dendrology Society picked the Chollipo Arboretum as the world's 12th site to be given an Arboretum Distinguished for Merit (the first to be so recognized in Asia) and the Holly Society of America named it the Official Holly Arboretum.

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