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:: IOM3 Futers Gold Medal to Philip Gray


The Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals 2013 Futers Gold Medal has been awarded to Philip Gray FREng HonFIMMM for outstanding services to the international minerals industry.

Philip graduated in 1947 with a BSc in Metallurgy, Royal School of Mines and has been engaged in the extractive metallurgical industry ever since. His distinguished career has covered all the disciplines in his chosen field, including research and development, engineering and design, business development and consulting.

Following his first role as a Research Officer at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, he continued his R&D activities at the Commonwealth Science and Research Organisation in Melbourne, Australia from 1951 to 1955 where he worked on hydrometallurgical methods of extracting uranium from Australian mineral deposits. In 1955 Philip returned to the UK and joined the Research and Development section of the Imperial Smelting Corporation at Avonmouth, and became Technical Manager in 1971.

From 1978, he became an independent metallurgical consultant engaged by many mining companies worldwide. During this time he also worked with Professor Noel Warner on the Warner Process for smelting zinc and lead from low-grade ores and Research and Development into extracting rare earths. While in London, he was able to become active in the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy and was elected President in 1984, the same year he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers.

His most recent paper was published in a 2006 edition of Materials World reflecting his continued interest in pyrometallurgy.




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