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Dr Murray Hitzman Awarded Haddon Forrester King Medal Award

CSA Global congratulates Professor Dr Murray Hitzman on being awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal for research in mineral exploration – one of the Australian Academy of Science’s prestigious career awards for life-long achievement and outstanding contribution to science.

“On behalf of CSA Global’s directors and colleagues we would like to officially congratulate Dr Murray Hitzman on receiving the prestigious Haddon Forrester King Medal. CSA Global has had a long relationship with Murray, dating back to 1987 in Ireland.  The award is a well-deserved public recognition of Murray’s highly regarded reputation as an economic geologist who has made key contributions to the mining industry, particularly in the practical application of mineral system understanding to discovery and optimisation of mineral deposits,” said Jeff Elliott, Managing Director, CSA Global.

Dr Hitzman played an important role in the early growth of CSA Global. He brought Chevron Minerals to Ireland in 1988 and commissioned the then CSA (Crowe Schaffalitzky & Associates) to run and manage the exploration programme which culminated in the discovery of the Lisheen zinc deposit in 1990. The drill out and feasibility studies on the Lisheen Zinc Project underpinned CSA’s growth in Ireland and across the globe, founded on core principals of geological excellence that were shared with Dr Hitzman.

Dr Hitzman is completing an Australian lecture tour as part of this award and will speaking at the University of Western Australia on April 15 on The Central African Copperbelt: Evolution of genetic models for the world’s largest sedimentary rock-hosted stratiform copper district.

About the Haddon Forrester King Medal

Dr Murray Hitzman – biography

Murray W. Hitzman has BA degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983). He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993, primarily doing mineral exploration worldwide, and was largely responsible for Chevron Corporation’s Lisheen Zn-Pb-Ag deposit discovery in Ireland (1990). Dr. Hitzman served in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst in both the U.S. Senate, for Sen. Joseph Lieberman (1993-1994), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-1996). In 1996, he was named the Fogarty Professor in Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines and served as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering from 2002 to 2007. Although his research in economic geology with graduate students has been conducted around the world, for the past 18 years he has focused his attention on the Central African Copperbelt. He served as the President of the Society of Economic Geologists in 2006. Dr. Hitzman has previously served on the boards of a number of junior mineral exploration and mining companies. He was awarded the SEG Silver Medal in 1999 and the Daniel C. Jackling Award by Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, and the Des Pretorius Award by the Geological Society of South Africa in 2015.

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