Tuesday, 20 September 2011

David Muir 1945-2011

David and Mary relaxing with delegates
at Nickel Processing '10, Falmouth
I heard sad news this morning, of the passing of David Muir, esteemed former editor of Hydrometallurgy. David passed away peacefully at home on Friday 16th September. He was an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, Australia, and I last met him and his wife Mary in Falmouth last year, when he presented papers at Nickel Processing ’10 and Precious Metals ’10.

He was a major player in the field of hydrometallurgy until his last day, and will be sorely missed. Please join me in expressing our deepest condolences to his wife. If you have your own personal memories of David, we would appreciate your comments and appreciations below.


  1. I'm sorry to hear such sad news, my condolences go out to Mary and the rest of his family.

  2. Sorry to hear this. I met David at least twice in China: Xian 2004 and Zhangjiajie [Hunan Province] in 2009, both at the Hydrometallurgy Conferences. After the 2009 conference he wrote to me saying that he had serious health problem and was undergoing medical treatment. He was a good friend and I appreciated him very much. Sincere condolences to his family.
    Fathi Habashi, Laval University, Canada

  3. I first met David sitting with him at the IMPC dinner in Turkey and it was good to see him and Mary again in Falmouth. I am sorry to hear of his passing and send my condolences to his family.

  4. David was a colossal researcher and expert in hydrometallurgy. He was a tremendous educator whose many students grace our industries. Above all, he always had time for everyone and was a humble and a true gentlemen. David, you will be missed.
    Stephen Grocott

  5. There are more tributes on the Minerals Engineers group in LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/42exure
    Barry Wills, MEI

  6. A full obituary can be found on MEI Online at http://www.min-eng.com/people/oz/104.html

  7. It was my honor to know David, he was an excellent researcher...


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