Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer

The Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer is selected on the basis of widely recognized expertise in a field of economic geology. Lecture sites will be primarily at colleges and universities having geologic programs related to mineral resources.

HeadshotHartwig E. Frimmel

SEG Fellow

  Talk Titles

  • Paleoclimate and Metallogeny
  • Paleoplacer Deposits: Economic Significance and Outlook
  • The Global Gold Cycle: How Did It Start?
  • Witwatersrand: The Great Controversy on the Genesis of the World’s Richest Gold Province


Hartwig E. Frimmel, who obtained his Ph.D. degree in geology at the University of Vienna, is Professor and Chair of Geodynamics and Geomaterials Research at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He is also associated with the University of Cape Town, where he had previously climbed the academic ladder from lecturer to associate professor. He was leader of the earth science subprogram within the South African National Antarctic Program, member of the Geoscience Scientific Standing Committee of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), former president of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA), and director of Lithoscope consultancy. He has served on several editorial boards (including Mineralium Deposita for the past 23 years), on the International Commission on Stratigraphy, as assessor for numerous national research funding and government agencies, and as consultant to mining/exploration companies as well as government bodies. His research interests developed over more than three decades from metamorphic geology and fluid-rock interaction to metallogenesis and economic geology. A special focus has been the study of sediment-hosted base metal and gold deposits, especially those of the Witwatersrand type. His research output includes more than 200 articles and book chapters as well as three books.


To invite Hartwig, please review the calendar below and contact Hartwig directly. Please keep in mind, lecturers are working professionals and have busy schedules. They have agreed to keep the calendar up to date, but may not reflect recent activity. Please allow for a seven-day response.

Airfare, meals, and other transportation costs are funded by the SEG. We require the host university/institution to cover hotel accommodation costs for one or two nights, and if possible, pick up and return the lecturer to the airport.


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