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The 1998 Moore Medal Award  

Awarded To: John W. Crawford


For distinction in the development of marine minerals.
U.S. Bureau of Mines, Scientist, Bureaucrat, and Visionary

In 1963, John Crawford, a supervisory researcher in nuclear fuels with the Bureau of Mines, sent out his scouts to find a connection with nuclear fuels and manganese nodules. From the information he received he realized at once the potential for economic development of seabed minerals and initiated within the Bureau the nucleus of a new program. In 1964 he was appointed the first Director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines' Marine Minerals Technology Center located at Tiburon, California. Though closed in 1973 on a political whim, the Center did much to put marine minerals on the agenda of other government agencies and lives on in name to this day, as a consortium of Universities funded directly though the U.S. Congress.

About The Moore Medal Award:

The International Marine Minerals Society presents The Moore Medal award on occasion when the career of an eminent figure in marine mining and mineral activities warrants such an honor.

   
 



 
 
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