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International Exchange Lecturer (2016)

Murray W. Hitzman

Murray W. Hitzman (SEG 1978 F-Silver Medal)

Proposed talk titles:

  • Geology of the central African copperbelt.
  • Sedimentary rock-hosted stratiform copper systems.
  • Unobtainium? The future of mining in the 21st century.
  • Iron oxide copper-gold and kiruna-type magnetite-apatite deposits.
  • A new genetic model for mineralization in the Irish Zn-Pb orefield.

Murray W. Hitzman has BA degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983). He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993, primarily doing mineral exploration worldwide, and was largely responsible for Chevron Corporation’s Lisheen Zn-Pb-Ag deposit discovery in Ireland (1990). Dr. Hitzman served in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst in both the U.S. Senate, for Sen. Joseph Lieberman (1993-1994), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-1996). In 1996, he was named the Fogarty Professor in Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines and served as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering from 2002 to 2007. Although his research in economic geology with graduate students has been conducted around the world, for the past 18 years he has focused his attention on the Central African Copperbelt. He served as the President of the Society of Economic Geologists in 2006. Dr. Hitzman has previously served on the boards of a number of junior mineral exploration and mining companies. He was awarded the SEG Silver Medal in 1999 and the Daniel C. Jackling Award by Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, and the Des Pretorius Award by the Geological Society of South Africa in 2015.

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