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The 1998 Moore Medal Award  

Awarded To: Conrad G. Wellling

For distinction in the development of marine minerals.
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Industry Leader, Innovator and Visionary

In 1963, the advanced research team of Lockheed Aircraft International, seeking new developments for the company, briefly investigated the potential of marine minerals and finding it positive, passed the baton to Conrad Welling at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. Mr Welling formed an industrial partnership with International Minerals Company and then with the U.S. Bureau of Mines. During the subsequent years Lockheed's Ocean Minerals Company (OMCO), an international consortium, became the first US licensee under the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act and in 1978 successfully tested a remotely operated mining vehicle, for which the technology has yet to be matched. The Lockheed system has influenced the design of mining systems throughout the world and added credibility to a venture regarded by many at that time as too futuristic.

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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