The 2005 Hal Williams Hardinge Award
Awarded To: Peter W. Harben
“For outstanding achievement and service to the profession by describing the geology of worldwide industrial minerals deposits; setting an industry standard with the Industrial Minerals Handybook; and making significant contributions to the field of industrial minerals marketing and research”
Peter W. Harben has worked in the field of industrial minerals for almost 30 years. Initially as a Deputy and American Editor of the journal Industrial Minerals based in London and then New York, Peter has written and spoken extensively on the subject of industrial minerals and their markets; texts include Industrial Minerals: A Global Geology, several editions of The Industrial Minerals HandyBook - A Guide to Markets, Specifications and Prices, and four titles in a series of Financial Times Executive Commodity Reports. Other recent publications include Manganese - Uses & Markets, Sampling Industrial Minerals & Ores, Bauxite & Alumina – Uses and Markets, and Calcium Carbonate A review of global supply (2001).
As President of Peter W. Harben Inc., an international consulting firm founded in 1986, he has participated in scores of assignments involving the full spectrum of industrial minerals and their consuming industries. This has required technical visits to more than 40 countries on behalf of clients ranging from individual land owners to major multi-nationals and the World Bank. Recent projects have included worldwide market evaluations, assessment of acquisition opportunities, the development of marketing plans, and participation in due diligence work. The firm works closely with professional associates throughout the world with expertise that ranges from transportation and health and safety regulations to financial analysis and glass technology.
Peter Harben holds a B.Sc. Joint Honors degree in Geology and Mineral Exploitation from University College, Cardiff, and a M.Sc. D.I.C. (with Distinction) in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology in the University of London, both in the United Kingdom.
The Hal Williams Hardinge Award, established in 1958, and funded by AIME, recognizes outstanding achievement which has benefited the field of industrial minerals & aggregates.