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LEME Honorary Fellowships are awarded by the Board in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of Regolith Science

The Awards are in the form of embossed and engraved jarrah plaques. Sixteen Awards have been presented thus far by Mr George Savell, Board Chair.

Two Awards were made in September 2005:

  • Professor Gerry Govett
  • Dr Ray Smith


CRC LEME has benefited immensely from the wise counsel and the scientific guidance of Prof Gerry Govett. He first came into LEME as Chair of the very-important Fifth Year Review of LEME 1 in 1999. This paved the way for the successful reincarnation into LEME 2. He was formally appointed as the Visitor to LEME under the CRC Program, in January 2001. In this move he became a HOPO (Holder of Public Office), and was subject to the usual declarations, reporting and reimbursement protocols of an Australian government agency. His designated role was to offer independent advice and mentoring to all those in LEME, and be a link between LEME and the CRC Program.

Through an act of dubious wisdom, the CRC Program decided to discontinue the formal Visitor Program. But so valuable was Gerry's contribution to the well-being of LEME and its people, the Board asked that he continue as "visitor". In this process he changed from a HOPO to a HEHE (Holder of High Esteem).

In these various capacities he has participated in all Board Meetings, Advisory Council Meetings, project reviews, Regolith Symposia in LEME 2. He has been proactive in offering sound advice to the full range of people in LEME, including the Chair(s), Participant representatives, the CEO, the Program Leaders, researchers and students. It is in this latter respect that he has made his greatest contribution in the encouragement and guidance to students and young researchers. And he has done this in his own time, and in his own inimitable way.

He certainly has the credentials to do this, for beneath that deceptively serene facade is a person of resolution and achievement. He has run geochemical mineral exploration programs in 15 countries, held the Chair of Geology at UNSW for 19 years, edited 7 volumes (and wrote one of them) in the series Handbook of Exploration Geochemistry, and been a Director of Delta Gold Ltd and its successor Aurion Gold Ltd - and Chairman of the Board during a period of reorganisation - during exciting times. (Speech by Dennis Gee)



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