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Biographical entry Smith, Raymond Ernest (Ray)

Occupation
Geochemist and Geologist

Summary

Ray Smith has been considered one of Australia's leading exploration geochemists and regolith geoscientists.

Details

In his research he has pursued innovative approaches to the locating and recovering of Australian mineral resources, and is an expert in identifying mineral resources within Australia's extremely weathered landscapes. His work exploring regolith land-mapping and geochemical mapping in lateritic terrains changed the mining industry's approach to mineral exploration.

He was director and chief executive officer of both the CRC for Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME-1, 1995-2001) and its successor the CRC for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME-2, 2001-2008).

Events

1963
Education - Bachelor of Science (Hons 1), University of Sydney
1967
Education - PhD in geology and geochemistry, University of Sydney
1967 - 1968
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
1968 - 1969
Career position - Research Associate, Faculty of the State University of New York at Binghamton
1970 - 1973
Career position - Research Manager, then Exploration Manager for Union Miniere Development and Mining Ltd, Western Australia
1973 - 1978
Career position - Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Mineralogy
1978 - 1988
Career position - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Mineralogy
1988 - 1998
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Mineralogy
1995
Career position - Chief Executive Officer, CRC for Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME-1)
1998 - 2004
Career position - CSIRO Fellow
2000
Career position - Chief Executive Officer, CRC for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME-2)
2004 -
Career event - Appointed to position of Emeritus CSIRO Fellow

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