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Biographical entry Worner, Howard Knox (1913 - 2006)


3 August 1913
Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia
17 November 2006
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia


Howard Worner was Professor of Metallurgy, University of Melbourne 1946-1955 and then went to work for the mining companies, CRA Ltd and BHP Ltd. He published widely in the field of metallurgy and developed the "WORCRA" continuous smelting and refining process.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc), The University of Melbourne
1936 - 1938
Career position - Lecturer in metallography at the University of Melbourne
1939 - 1946
Career position - Research fellow at the Dental Materials Research Laboratory, Melbourne
Award - Awarded the Syme Prize
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc), The University of Melbourne
1946 - 1955
Career position - Professor of Metallurgy at the University of Melbourne
1956 - c. 1964
Career position - Director of research at Broken Hill Pty Ltd
Award - Awarded the Silver Medal of the Australasian Corrosion Association
1964 - 1975
Career position - Director of New Process Development at CRA Ltd
1973 - 2006
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Award - Awarded the Kernot Medal by the University of Melbourne
Life event - Retired
1975 - 1987
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
Award - Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Award - Awarded the Docking Medal by the International Association for Dental Research
Award - Awarded the Johnson Medal by the Mineralogical Society of South Australia
1987 - 1989
Career position - Director of the Microwave Applications Research Centre at the University of Wollongong
1987 - 2006
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
Award - Awarded the Ian Wark Medal
Award - Awarded the Benjamin F. Fairless Award

Archival resources

Broken Hill Proprietary Co Ltd

  • Howard Knox Worner - Records, 1955 - 1962; Broken Hill Proprietary Co Ltd. Details

Private hands (Worner, H.K.)

  • Howard Knox Worner - Records, 1930 - 1988; Private hands (Worner, H.K.). Details

Published resources

Edited Books

  • Worner, Howard Knox; Mitchell, Robert W. and Segnit, Ralph E. eds, Minerals of Broken Hill (Melbourne: Australian Mining and Smelting, 1982), 259 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries', Australian Academy of Science Newsletter, 66 (August-December) (2006), 10-11. Details
  • Carr, Paul F. and Williamson, Penny, 'The Howard Worner collection', Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 7 (1) (2001), 19-26. Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Worner Brothers', Uni News, 12 (17) (2003), 4. Details
  • Tegart, W. J. Mcg. and Hickman, B. S., 'Howard Knox Worner 1913-2006', Historical Records of Australian Science, 25 (2014), 337-53. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Heggen, Colin, 'Mallee farm boy's research advanced mining', The Age (2007). Details


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See also

  • 'Dr Keith Thomas Henry Farrer OBE MA DSc FTSE - Biographical Note', Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne (Melbourne: Department of History, University of Melbourne, 2003), 168 pp. Details

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