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Biographical entry King, Haddon Forrester (1905 - 1990)

4 February 1905
British Guiana
11 March 1990
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Geologist and Business executive


Haddon King was responsible for the development of the Hammersley Range iron ore body and was a leading figure in the Conzinc Rio Tinto Australia Ltd mining company. Earlier he was Chief Geologist for the Zinc Corporation Ltd, Broken Hill 1946-1952. He developed a number of novel theories on the formation and evolution of ore-bodies. Since 1993 the Australian Academy of Science has awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal to recognise "original and sustained contributions to earth and related sciences of particular relevance to the discovery, evaluation and exploitation of mineral deposits, including the hydrocarbons".


Born British Guiana, 4 February 1905. Died Brisbane, 11 March 1990. Surveyor's licence, British Guiana 1929; degree in mining engineering, University of Toronto 1933. Geological Survey of British Guiana 1926; Geologist, Western Mining Corporation Ltd, Kalgoorlie 1934-42; army service Australia and overseas 1942-46; Chief Geologist, Zinc Corporation Ltd, Broken Hill 1946-52; Chief Geologist, Consolidated Zinc Pty Ltd 1953-57, Director 1957-62; Director of exploration, Conzinc Rio Tinto of Australia 1962-70. Sometime director, Baas Becking Geobiological Laboratory. Penrose Medal, Society of Economic Geologists 1970; Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1973; Browne Medal, Geological Society of Australia 1984.

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Haddon Forrester King - Records, 1946 - 1987; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources


  • King, Haddon F., The Rocks Speak: Essays in Geology - Some Personal Responses by a Willing Listener (Melbourne: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 1989), 320 pp. Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.