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Biographical entry Murray, Hugh Mervyn (1906 - 1982)

Born
6 September 1906
Gormanston, Tasmania, Australia
Died
4 August 1982
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Metallurgical engineer

Summary

Hugh Murray was a metallurgical engineer whose career was in the service of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company in Tasmania. He started as a metallurgist doing research in the Company's flotation plant laboratory, and rose to hold senior management positions. For nearly 20 years he was General Manager. In this role he invested in exploration that revealed new ore bodies, ensuring the viability of the Company. Under Murray's direction metallurgical processes were improved and the inefficient Abt railway was replaced with road haulage. In 1953 he became a Commissioner of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, also serving as Chairman of the Commission's Advisory Committee on Uranium Mining.

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1928
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1930 - 1934
Career position - Research Metallurgist, Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company
1931
Education - BMetEng, University of Melbourne
1934 - 1944
Career position - Mill Superintendent, Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company
1944 - 1946
Career position - Metallurgical Superintendent, Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company
1946 - 1948
Career position - Assistant General Manager, Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company
1948 - 1966
Career position - General Manager, Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company
1952 - 1953
Career position - Member, Interim Committee, Australian Atomic Energy Commission
1953 - 1960
Career position - Commissioner, Australian Atomic Energy Commission
1960 - 1971
Career position - Chairman, Advisory Committee on Uranium Mining, Australian Atomic Energy Commission
1967
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

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  • Haygarth, Nic, 'Murray, Hugh Mervyn (1906-1982), Metallurgical Engineer and Mine Manager', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, 2013, pp. 200-1. Details

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