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Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer (2014)

Neil Williams

Neil Williams (SEG 1982 FL)

Proposed Talk Titles:

  1. Deep Mineral Exploration—The Next Economic Geology Frontier.
  2. Geological Surveys—An Australian Perspective on Their Important Role in Mineral Exploration.
  3. The Giant Carpentarian Lead-Zinc Province of Northern Australia—What Have We Learnt Over the Last 40 Years?

Neil Williams' career has spanned all aspects of mineral exploration through his work in academia, industry, and government.

From 1976 to 1981, Neil worked at the Australian National University on the origin of the HYC stratiform lead-zinc deposit at McArthur River, N.T., Australia. This work led to a growing interest in the use of genetic studies of mineral deposits to develop better exploration models to improve mineral-exploration success rates. The interest brought employment by industry when he was recruited by the owners of the HYC deposit, MIM, in early 1981. He remained with MIM for 10 years, rising to the position of chief geologist in 1988.

At MIM, Neil recognized that successful mineral exploration was becoming increasingly reliant on the character and quality of the precompetitive geoscience survey work of government geological surveys, and in 1991 he took advantage of a push by the federal government in Australia to recruit senior staff from the private sector to improve the relevance of their bureaucracy and thus began his public service career as an Associate Director in the Bureau of Mineral Resources (BMR), Australia’s national geological survey.

He became the CEO of BMR’s successor, the Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) in 1995, and during the 14+ years he led the survey he oversaw its expansion and transformation to the present Geoscience Australia (GA) that is highly focused on delivering state-of-the-art geoscience research, products and services to government, industry, and the public. Since retiring from GA in 2010, Neil has been passing on to younger people the lessons learned at senior leadership levels in the public and private sectors through his positions as an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, and a Non-Executive Director of Carpentaria Exploration Limited.

Neil has a first-class honours B.Sc. degree from the Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economic geology from Yale University.

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Inquiries and/or Requests for Visits

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