Thursday, 14 May 2020

AusIMM Honorary Fellowships to Tim Napier-Munn and John Ralston

Amidst all the gloom, this has been a week of congratulations to friends of MEI and our conferences.  Earlier in the week Sue Harrison and Frank Roberto received our plaudits, now it is the turn of two well-known Australian scientists, Profs. Tim Napier-Munn and John Ralston, both of whom I have had the pleasure of interviewing for MEI.
First awarded in 1935, AusIMM Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to best practice professionalism and the Honorary Fellowship recognises exceptional achievement, service or contribution to the resources sector.  Tim and John are the two recipients of Honorary Fellowships in 2020.
Tim Napier-Munn (MEI Blog 12 May 2014) I first met 33 years ago in an Oxford pub, during a hydrocyclones conference. He is a former Director of the JKMRC, and now in semi-retirement he works part-time for the JKMRC and as a consultant for JKTech. He was appointed Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland in 2015.
Tim was the editor of the JKMRC’s ‘Blue Book’ on Mineral Comminution Circuits. He is a recipient of the Futers Gold Medal of the UK IOM3 (2009), the AusIMM President’s Award (2011) and the AusIMM Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal (2015).
I was proud to have Tim as the first co-editor of Wills' Mineral Processing Technology, which was published in 2006 in 7th edition and was followed by a Chinese translation in 2011.
Tim and me with the English and Chinese versions of Mineral Processing Technology
Tim has been a long-serving member of the Minerals Engineering Editorial Board and has presented keynote lectures at MEI Conferences, at Comminution '14 in Cape Town and Physical Separation '17 in Falmouth.
Tim (2nd right) at Physical Separation '17 in Falmouth, relaxing with Nick Wilshaw,
Simon Hille, Mike Battersby and Sandy Gray
In 1994 John Ralston (MEI Blog 27 May 2014) established the Ian Wark Research Institute (the Wark) and was Director until his retirement in 2012. In 2007 he was awarded South Australian of the Year and South Australian Scientist of the Year and in 2008 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. UniSA has established the Ralston Medal for Excellence in Physical Chemistry and the John Ralston Chair in Minerals and Resource Engineering in his honour. John also received the Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Lecture Award 2009.
I first met John in 1986 at the SME Fall Meeting in St. Louis, USA and have been in regular contact with him and his wife Ann ever since. He was a keynote lecturer at last year's Flotation '19 in Cape Town. 
Presentation of MEI Award to Zhiyong Gao, with his supporters
Profs. Cyril O'Connor and John Ralston, at Flotation '19
With John and Ann Ralston in Cornwall in 2018
Many congratulations Tim and John. Looking forward to catching up post-Coronavirus.


  1. My hearty congratulations to Tim and John. laurels to both for the contributions you made to the profession.
    Tim, as a product of J.K. I am elated; I will always remember your affection whenever I visited J.K. while you were a Director and later.I remember the interaction and your prompt response during the Seminar I gave when I came to take that award from U.Q--m dv/dt--------?

    Hope some present youngsters fill up the gaps as you did so spontaneously--I am excited.Tim.
    Again , best wishes to Tim and John.
    Barry, your Bloga add to bonding and how we enjoy the success of many in Mineral Engineering

  2. Both Tim and John are Stalwarts of our Mining Industry. So many students, researchers and mining personnel including myself had the opportunity to work closely with them both as students (JKMRC) and also as project sponsors (P9, IWRI), an experience that has definitely enriched my life. Best wishes to Tim & John for a very happy and a healthy life.
    Barun Gorain, India

  3. A big congratulations to Prof Tim Napier-Munn and my role model Prof John Ralston. Thank you for all your contributions to the advancement of knowledge in mineral processing-comminution and flotation. It was a pleasure meeting face to face with Prof. Ralston at MEI Flotation'19 last year.
    Stephen Solongo, South Korea

  4. Congratulations to both Prof Tim Napier and my role model and PhD supervisor Prof John Ralston! Well deserved! Agree: Our lives enriched by such global leaders in Science
    Patience Mpofu, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  5. So well deserved.
    Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Gekko Systems, Australia

  6. Hard to find two more worthy recipients for Honorary Fellowships of
    Legends - both of them. Looking forward to being able to honor their achievements at a formal ceremony later in the year.
    Janine Herzig, President and Chair of Board of Directors at AusIMM, Australia

  7. Tim, congratulations. Well deserved!!!
    Dr Rossen Halatchev, Principal Mining Consultant at AusGEMCO Pty Ltd, Australia

  8. Well deserved Tim and John.
    Andrew Newell, RPMGlobal, Australia

  9. Congratulations Tim and John. I don't know you personally, John, but by reputation you are very well-deserving of this award and in good company with Tim. Well done both!
    Suzy Lynch-Watson, Metso, Australia

  10. What fantastic news, congratulations Tim and John!
    Grant Ballantyne, Ausenco, Australia

  11. Congratulations Tim! and John
    Sarah Boucaut, Director, Neil Sachse Centre of Innovation Spinal Cord Injury Research, SAHMRI, Australia

  12. Congratulations Prof. Tim Napier-Munn and Prof. Ralston. Thanks for mentoring a lot of students from around the globe.
    Juanjo Frausto, Metso, Canada

  13. Great news. Congratulations to Prof. Tim Naper-Munn and Prof. John Ralston on this high recognition. Well deserved!
    Gerson Sandoval, Anglo American, Chile.


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