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The 2003 Milton E. Wadsworth Award  

Awarded To: Ian M. Ritchie

In recognition of his significant contributions to hydrometallurgical research and education in electrochemistry, oxidation and kinetics, as well as his leading role in establishing the A J Parker Cooperative Research Center as a leading hydrometallurgical research organization; and for his Lecture "Cementation Reactions"
Professor Ritchie graduated from Cambridge University in 1959. He took his PhD at Melbourne University. He lectured there and also at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University, where he held the Chair of Chemistry from 1984 – 2002. Between 1986 and 1988, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). From 1992 to 2001, he was CEO of the AJ Parker CRC for Hydrometallurgy, which has grown to become the world’s leading research organization in hydrometallurgy.

His research covers several different areas, but he is best known for his work in hydrometallurgy and electrochemistry. His contributions have been recognized on a number of occasions, including the Australasian Corrosion Medal (1979), the Stokes Medal for Electrochemistry (1997) and the Applied Research Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1997), a Doctor of Science from Cambridge University (1999) and the President’s Award of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (2001). In 1997, he was made West Australian Citizen of the Year (Professions). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Murdoch University in 2002. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. He is a member of the West Australian Premier’s Science Council.

Hydromet 2003, an International Conference in Vancouver, Canada was held in his honour.

About The Milton E. Wadsworth Award:

The Milton E. Wadsworth Metallurgy Award, established in 1992, recognizes distinguished contributions that advance our understanding of the science and technology of non-ferrous chemical metallurgy.


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