Thursday, 27 September 2012

Lifetime Achievement Award to Prakash Kapur

The IMPC’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented this evening to Professor Prakash C. Kapur (pictured left with IMPC Council Chairman Cyril O'Connor). During a long career Professor Kapur has been involved in many areas of mineral processing. He made pioneering contributions to pelletisation, and has developed equations for grinding kinetics in tumbling mills and high pressure grinding rolls. He has made contributions to the modeling of flotation circuits and to the rheology of concentrated mineral suspensions. He also developed filters for removal of arsenic and fluorides in order to produce potable water.

His work has been recognized by many organizations. He is Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering, NAE (USA), Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has published more than 150 papers and has 14 patents

Prakash C. Kapur was born in Lahore, Punjab. India on 3rd July 1935. He has a BSc in physics and chemistry from Bombay University (1953), and an MSc in chemistry from the same university. He has MS, 1964 and PhD, 1968 in metallurgy and materials science from the University of California, Berkeley, where his supervisor was Professor Douglas W. Fuerstenau. His main academic career was with the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, from 1969 to 1996. He was a visiting professor at Berkeley in 1980, 1996 and 1991 – 93, at the University of Melbourne in 1993 and 1994, West Virginia University in 1995 and at the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1996. From 1996 – 2008 he was consulting technical advisor for Tata Research Development & Design Centre in Pune.

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