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Biographical entry Harms, John Eric (Joe) (1929 - 2014)

27 October 1929
Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
7 July 2014
Exploration geologist


Joe Harms was an exploration geologist whose career was spent primarily with BHP. After joining the company in 1951 he undertook mineral exploration particularly for iron ore in Western Australia. His work in the Kimberleys resulted in the first comprehensive geological maps of the area. During his career he initiated and oversaw the development of numerous significant ore bodies which included the use of innovative survey and drilling techniques. He was the first recipient of the Joe Harms Medal, awarded by the Geological Society of Australia for excellence in activities related to mineral exploration. The asteroid 'Joeharms' (Heavenly Body 5167) was named after him.



Education - BSc, University of Adelaide
Career position - Exploration geologist with BHP
Education - MSc, University of Adelaide
1965 - 1971
Career position - Exploration Superintendent, BHP
1971 - 1980
Career position - Chief Geologist Research and Planning, BHP
1980 - 1982
Career position - Chief Exploration Geologist, BHP
Life event - Retired
Award - Joe Harms Medal for Excellence in Activities related to Mineral Exploration, Geological Society of Australia

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  • Hall, Mike, 'John Eric (Joe) Harms 27 October 1929 - 7 July 2014', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 173 (2015), 43-4. Details

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