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Biographical entry Mosher, Kenneth George (1913 - 1990)


30 October 1913
Mascot, New South Wales, Australia
18 February 1990
Collaroy, New South Wales, Australia


Kenneth Mosher was a geologist who worked on coal and uranium exploration for the New South Wales and South Australian Governments before becoming Geologist for the Commonwealth/New South Wales Joint Coal Board. He set up an comprehensive coal exploration program that included extensive testing of methods and recording of information. The triple-tube core barrel which he co-designed provided improved core recovery during drilling and greatly improved accuracy in assessment of reserves, and proved vital for the development of open-cut mining. Later in his career Mosher was consultant geologist to Rio Tinto Mining Co. and established his own geological consultancy.



Education - BSc, University of Sydney
1935 - 1949
Career position - Geologist, survey branch, New South Wales Department of Mines
1940 - 1945
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
1945 - 1963
Career position - Served with the Citizen Military Forces, retiring as Colonel
1949 - 1950
Career position - Senior Geologist, South Australian Department of Mines
1950 - 1962
Career position - Geologist, Joint Coal Board
1952 - 1990
Career position - Founding Member, Geological Society of Australia
Award - Officer of the British Empire (Military) (OBE(M))
1962 - 1975
Career position - Consultant coal geologist for Rio Tinto Mining Co.
1969 - 1975
Career position - Chair, Sydney Branch, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Life event - Founded Mosher & Associates
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to science and to the community
1986 - 1990
Award - Honorary Member, Australasian institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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