Miller Puckette got involved in computer music in 1979 at MIT with Barry Vercoe. In 1979 he became a Putnam Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1986 after completing an undergraduate degree at MIT in 1980. He was a member of the MIT Media Lab from its opening in 1985 until 1987 before continuing his research at IRCAM, and since 1997 has been a part of the Global Visual Music project. He used Max to complete his first work, which is called Pluton from the second work of Manoury' series called Sonus ex Machina. He is the 2008 SEAMUS Award Recipient. On May 11, 2011, he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Mons. On July 21, 2012, he received an Honorary Degree from Bath Spa University in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to computer music research.