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The 2004 Robert M. Dreyer Award  

Awarded To: Roy Woodall


In recognition of his personal participation and leadership in the application of innovative geological concepts combined with empirical geochemical and geophysical methods in exploration which resulted in the discovery in Australia of a remarkable variety of commodities and major new ore deposit types including high grade gold ore shoots at Norseman, nickel sulfide ores at Kambalda, bauxite ores in the Darling Range, calcrete uranium deposits at Yeelirrie, and world class high grade copper ores containing by-product gold, uranium, and rare earths at Olympic Dam, and for his lecture, ‘So You Would be an Exploration Geologist: the Highs and Lows of Fifty Years of Searching’.
The Robert M. Dreyer Award is presented to Roy Woodall "in recognition of his personal participation and leadership in the application of innovative geological concepts combined with empirical geochemical and geophysical methods in exploration which resulted in the discovery in Australia of a remarkable variety of commodities and major new ore deposit types including high grade gold ore shoots at Norseman, nickel sulfide ores at Kambalda, bauxite ores in the Darling Range, calcrete uranium deposits at Yeelirrie, and world class high grade copper ores containing byproduct gold, uranium and rare earths at Olympic Dam and for his lecture, 'So You Would be an Exploration Geologist: the Highs and Lows of Fifty Years of Searching.’ ” Woodall earned a B.S. first class with honors from the University of Western Australia and an M.S. in mining from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for Western Mining from 1953 to 1995. He served as chief geologist, 1967-68; chief geologist and exploration manager, 1968-78; and as director of exploration, 1978-95. His responsibilities included supervision of mine site and regional exploration, the maintenance of high standards of scientific exploration and the documentation of the company’s ore deposits and the ore environments. During this time, he discovered three mineral deposits, the Kampala komaiitic nickel sulfide field, the Yeelirrie calcrete-hosted uranium deposit and the Olympic Dam copper-gold-uranium deposit. These were the first of their type to be found anywhere in the world. Other discoveries included deposits of gold, nickel sulfides, copper-gold, oil and gas. Woodall’s exploration work began in Western Australia, but in later years became international.

He is an officer of the Order of Australia, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He has received medals and honors from the Geological Society (London), the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Economic Geologists, AIME, the University of Western Australia and the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Foundation.

About The Robert M. Dreyer Award:

The Robert M. Dreyer Award in Applied Economic Geology, established as an annual Award in 1999, recognizes outstanding achievements in applied economic geology. The outstanding achievements so recognized must have been accomplished through commercial exploration or development of metalliferous and/or nonmetalliferous mineral deposits.

   
 



 
 
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