National Mining Hall of Fame to induct four

By |  May 4, 2018

The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum (NMHF&M) will induct four honorees in its 2018 class.

Professor John Guilbert, Dr. Leo Miller, Robert Murray and Douglas Silver will be formally inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 29 in Leadville, Colorado.

Guilbert, a renowned geologist and professor of economic geology at the University of Arizona, had a 50-plus year career in both academia and business. He teamed with J. David Lowell for a breakthrough in mineral exploration on the Porphyry Copper Model, which is now known as the Lowell and Guilbert Model. Geologists across the world have utilized this model over the last four decades to discover hundreds of millions of tons of copper metal and profitable mines.

Miller had a 50-plus year career where he was known to diverge from the standard interpretation of the geological processes, which formed the mineral deposits, and to apply innovative applications of high-tech tools to more usual exploration programs. He’s also known for his belief that active fieldwork, on foot with a rock pick, was an indispensable part of exploration.

Murray is the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Murray Energy Corp. and its subsidiaries. He is also a past president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers as well as the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.

Silver conceptualized and founded the Denver Gold Group, a gold investment forum. He is a past recipient of the University of Arizona’s President’s Award for his leadership role with the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, and is considered one of the top thought leaders of the global mining business due to his international business expertise. 

In addition to these four 2018 NMHF&M inductees who will be honored in Leadville, Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame inductees are represented at the NMHF&M.

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