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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.

Nine Awards were made at LEME Wind-Up Dinners held in Canberra (25 June), Adelaide (27 June) and Perth (3 July).

  • Dr Charles Butt
  • Dr Steve Hill
  • Mr John Keeling
  • Dr Ken Lawrie
  • Dr Ken McQueen
  • Dr Colin Pain
  • Dr Steve Rogers
  • Mr Keith Scott
  • Ms Lisa Worrall


Keith was a research geoscientist with CSIRO Exploration and Mining for 34 years (until mid 2004), working mainly in the area of regolith geochemistry throughout Australia, but particularly in the Mount Isa Inlier, Yilgarn Craton, Drummond Basin and the Lachlan Fold Belt of NSW and Victoria.

Keith has been part of LEME 1 and 2 since 1995. He served as the Deputy Program Leader for the Tasman Fold Belt Program in LEME 1 and Acting Leader for Program 2: Mineral Exploration in areas of deep cover in LEME 2 until February 2004.

Keith has been very supportive of LEME Education and Training activities, and participated in Exploration Geochemistry MSc Short Courses at CODES for LEME and then in LEME-sponsored MSc courses. Within LEME, he has sought to break down barriers between researchers from different institutions and at different locations. He has also sought to encourage students at the LEME-core universities by providing an industry perspective on their studies. This is recognised by his appointment as Visiting Fellow at the Dept of Earth and Marine Sciences ANU (now Research School of Earth Sciences) since 2004, as well as an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO.

During his career, Keith has championed the concept of integration of mineralogy and geochemistry to better understand how geochemistry can be used more effectively during exploration using regolith materials. He developed techniques to enable resistate minerals, especially rutile to be used as an indicator of mineralization in weathered material.

From 2001, until its publication in 2005, he was part of the editorial team which compiled the regolith case histories (as well as contributing 13 articles himself) which resulted in the very popular LEME Thematic Volume: Regolith Expressions of Australian Ore Systems. From 2004 to early 2006, Keith was editor of CRC LEME Minerals Brief - a quarterly electronic newsletter providing a succinct scientific report on progress in LEME mineral exploration projects.

In 2006 he was commissioned(coerced!) to edit a reference book outlining advances in Regolith Science made by CRC LEME. This latter endeavour (in which he was joined by Colin Pain) challenged all his persuasive skills! but that product is currently (June 08) being typeset by the CSIRO Publications, and will be released late 2008.


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