Friday, 21 August 2015

Cornish Mining Sundowner- August

A light drizzle drove us indoors for last night's Cornish Mining Sundowner at Falmouth's Chain Locker. Just over 20 people attended, exclusively Camborne School of Mines staff and students past and present. Apart from myself, past lecturers present were Phil Oliver and Tony Batchelor, and it was good to see past-Director Frances Wall, and my old mineral processing colleague Tony Clarke, one of the great driving forces behind the success of the King Edward Mine Museum. Although I did not catch their names there were a few post-graduate students present and I hope we continue to see more in the future, as the sundowner provides an ideal opportunity to network in a very sociable atmosphere, as well as to sample some of Cornwall's finest ales.

It would be good to see more current CSM staff at the sundowners. MEI's Biohydromet '16 consultant Chris Bryan was the only staff member present last night, and good also to see next year's keynote speaker, biohydrometallurgist Dave Dew in attendance. He graduated from CSM way back in 1979, as did Pete Walsh, who has now become a regular at these events.

Hopefully someone can help me out with a few names on the photos below.

Chris Bryan, Dave Dew, Tony Clarke, Phil Oliver, Nick Eastwood and Pete Walsh

Barbara Wills, Joan Oliver, Frances Wall, Barry Wills, ?, Carol Richards, ?

Dave Chilcott, ?, Malcolm Hooper, ?, Paul Burton, ?, ?, ?, Linda Batchelor, Tony Batchelor


  1. In the last photo, the students are: Dora Kavecsanszki, Safaa Al-Ali (Pink shirt) and Yousef Ghorbani (grey t-shirt next to Safaa). Yousef is ex-University of Cape Town. He did his PhD there with Jochen Petersen and is now doing a Postdoc on the OPTIMORE project (EU-funded). He was working at Antofogasta in Chile before coming here.

    Chris Bryan

    1. Thanks Chris. I should have recognised Yousef. During his time at UCT he attended 4 MEI Conferences in Cape Town!

  2. Dear Barry,
    CSM PhD students: Dóra Kavecsánszki (mantle controls on large critical metal deposits associated with carbonatites) between Dave Chilcott and Malcolm Hooper on lower photo (and next to Carol on middle photo).
    Safaa Al Ali (mineralogy and processing of REE-rich carbonatite) next to Paul Burton on lower photo and behind Carol on middle photo

    CSM research fellow working on EU H2020 minerals processing project 'Optimore' Dr Yousef Ghorbani next to Linda Bachelor on lower photo.

    best wishes,
    Frances :)

    1. Many thanks Frances. Good to see you last night


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