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R. PETER KING

1938–2006

Elected in 2003

“For the development of techniques for quantifying mineral liberation and for leadership in Internet education about mineral processing.”


BY JOHN A. HERBST


THE WORLD LOST an outstanding scholar and human being on September 11, 2006, when R. Peter King died at the age of 68. At the time of his death, Dr. King was a professor of metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. His accomplishments over his lifetime were truly remarkable.

Peter was born in Springs, South Africa, on March 12, 1938, and spent his youth in the goldfields of South Africa. His formal education began at Witwatersrand University in 1954. In 1956, he met Ellen Courtenay, who became his constant companion, loving wife, and partner for all the years that followed. Peter graduated with a B.Sc. Chem. Eng. (cum laude) from Wits in 1958 and received an M.Sc. in 1962. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship from Shell Oil to pursue his doctoral studies at Manchester University; Peter and Ellen were married while living in Manchester. In 1963, after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, the couple returned to South Africa, where they started their family, which soon included Jeremy, Andrew, and Janet.

From 1963 to 1990, Peter taught at Wits and led a research group at the National Institute of Metallurgy. He was the recipient of many honors during this period, including election as president, and later a life fellow, of the South African Institute of Mining Metallurgy (SAIMM). He was also a member of the



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