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Biographical entry Wright, John (1944 - )

22 August 1944
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Executive and Metallurgist


John Wright's actions as Chief of CSIRO Energy Technology (1994-2002) changed the public perception and scientific focus of energy research in Australia, by engaging with the cutting edge of energy technology and re-locating the Division from a 60 year old laboratory to purpose-built new facility in Newcastle that demonstrated the future of energy. Wright is also known for his involvement in the development of the revolutionary direct smelting process known as Hismelt, while engaged as project leader at the National Energy Research Demonstration and Development Corporation (NERDDC) in the 1980s.



Education - Bachelor of Science, University of New South Wales
Education - PhD in Extractive Metallurgy, University of New South Wales
1970 - 1973
Career position - Employed at the Australian Mineral Development Laboratories (AMDEL), Adelaide
1973 - 1980
Career position - Leader of the iron ore processing group, CSIRO Division of Mineral Chemistry
1980 - 1983
Career position - Engineer, later Chief Process Engineer at Hatch Associates Metallurgical Consulting
1983 - 1986
Career position - Project Leader, National Energy Research Demonstration and Development Corporation (NERDDC)
1986 - 1994
Career position - Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Mineral Processing and Engineering (CMPE)
1994 - 2002
Career position - Chief of the Division of Coal and Energy Technology
2002 - 2008
Career position - Foundation Director of the Director of the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship Program
Award - Schlumberger Gold Medal
Award - CSIRO Partnership Award
Award - CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award
Award - CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence
Award - Excellence in community services award for the Fuels for Thought Forum, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

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