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:: In Conversation with John Ralston, Founding Director of The Wark
South Australian of the Year, Officer of the Order of Australia, these are just two of the many accolades and awards showered on Prof. John Ralston, founding Director of the Ian Wark Research Institute (IWRI), now an Australian national treasure and known simply as The Wark. Prof. Ralston, Emeritus Laureate Professor of the University of South Australia, is an internationally recognised expert in colloid and surface chemistry and their application in metallurgical engineering and technology. His research is internationally recognised in the physical chemistry of mineral flotation processes, the surface chemistry of metal sulphides, and the static and dynamic wetting behaviour of simple and structured solid surfaces.
I first met John in 1986 at the SME Fall Meeting in St. Louis, USA, and was immediately impressed not only by his obvious intellect, but by his approachability- he is a very easy person to talk to. Two years after our first meeting I set up Minerals Engineering journal, and he was an obvious choice to represent Australia on the Editorial Board, which he did for over 20 years. So it was good to talk to him recently via Skype and to find out what he and Ann, his wife of 45 years, are doing now, his views on modern mineral processing research, and his long and varied illustrious life as a research scientist who has worked with many of the legendary names in mineral processing.
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