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Biographical entry Webb, Bruce Phillip (1926 - 2000)


16 November 1926
10 March 2000
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Bruce Webb was one of Australia's best known and highly respected mining geologists. He worked for a number of mining exploration companies, as a field geologist, in senior management positions, and as a Board member. As Director General of the Department of Mines and Energy, South Australia, he played a major role in the opening up of the Cooper Basin oil and gas field and the Olympic Dam ore body. He also served on a number of industry advisory councils. Webb was Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1998 to 2000. The Bruce Webb Medal for leadership on earth sciences is awarded by the Geological Society of Australia.



Education - BSc (Hons), University of Sydney
1949 - 1950
Career position - Field Geologist, North Broken Hill
1952 - 1962
Career position - Geologist, South Australian Department of Mines
1960 - 2000
Career position - Member, Geological Society of Australia
1962 - 1965
Career position - Chief Geologist, Geosurveys of Australia Pty Ltd
1965 - 1972
Career position - Exploration Manager, Newmont Pty Ltd
1972 - 1983
Career position - Director General, South Australian Department of Mines and Energy
Career position - President, Royal Society of South Australia
1976 - 1983
Career position - Member, South Australian Water Resources Council
1977 - 1983
Career position - Deputy Chairman, Pipelines Authority of South Australia
Career position - President, Australian Geoscience Council
1983 - 1987
Career position - Chairman, Board of Management, Australian Mineral Development Laboratories
1983 - 1988
Career position - Managing Director, Poseidon Ltd
1985 - 1990
Career position - Chairman, Bureau of Mineral Resources Advisory Council
1988 - 1994
Career position - Chief Executive, Australian Mineral Foundation
1989 - 1994
Career position - Chairman, Board of Management, South Australia Gartrell School of Mining, Metallurgy and Applied Geology
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the mineral and energy industries
Award - DSc, University of Adelaide
1998 - 2000
Career position - Chancellor, University of Adelaide

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Conference Papers

  • Webb, Bruce, 'Geological Mapping - the South Australia Story', in D. F. Branagan; G. S. Gibbons and K. S. Williams (eds), Edgeworth David Day Symposium: Geological Mapping of Two Southern Continents: the Geological Mapping of Australia - From David to 1:50000; the Geology of Antarctica-Exploration to Exploitation?, Sydney, 1988, pp. 25-29. Details

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See also

  • Johns, R.K. (ed.), History and role of government geological surveys in Australia, South Australian Government Printer, Adelaide, 1976, 111 pp. Details

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