JKMRC Founder named in Hall of Fame

13 Dec 2013

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) Founder Professor Alban Lynch has been named among the first inductees in the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame.

Mining industry management, engineering company CEOs, resource professionals and consultants from around the world voted for the inaugural inductees across broad areas including exploration, underground development, software, environmental management and innovation.

Professor Lynch was recognised for his research and education in the area of comminution. He began his career at Zinc Corporation, Broken Hill, in 1955.

The University of Queensland (UQ) appointed Professor Lynch the JKMRC Founding Director in 1970, a position he held until 1989. He was the Head of UQ’s Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from 1988 to 1993.

Current JKMRC Director Professor Wayne Stange said Professor Lynch was an exceptional leader and academic, publishing four books and over 150 technical papers in conference proceedings and refereed journals.

“Very few people can boast a distinguished career spanning five decades, so few people deserve this recognition as much as Alban.

“He made a considerable contribution to research in the area of comminution and had a huge impact on the mining sector through the foundation of JKMRC. Professor Lynch’s efforts continue to provide a privileged platform in the form of the current JKMRC, which continues his legacy of high-impact industry research,” Professor Stange said.

The members will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Salt Lake City in February, on the night before the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Annual Conference begins.

Find the full list of inductees here.