Tim Napier-Munn is a mineral engineer with degrees from Imperial College, London, and Wits University, Johannesburg. He has spent his career in applied R&D for the mineral industry, working for De Beers in South Africa and for universities in England and Australia. He joined the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the University of Queensland in 1985, becoming its Director in 1997 and inaugural Managing Director of JKTech Pty Ltd in 2001.
Tim has published over 150 papers and articles and was the editor of the JKMRC ‘Blue Book’ on comminution (1996) and the 7th Edition of Wills’ Mineral Processing Technology (2006). He has given his professional development course on statistics for mineral engineers over 150 times and published a book on the subject in 2014. He is a recipient of the Futer Medal of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2009), the AusIMM President’s Award (2011) and the AusIMM Connolly Medal (2015) and was the 2016 AusIMM Delprat Distinguished Lecturer. He was appointed Emeritus Professor in the University of Queensland in 2015 and is an Honorary Fellow of the AusIMM.
UK-born and now retired from leadership roles with the University of Queensland, Tim is a distinguished academic and a visionary leader with 50 years’ experience in mineral engineering research, consulting and teaching.
A founding Director of CEEC in 2011, Tim was instrumental in establishing the modus operandi of CEEC in its early days and helped industry and researchers collaborate to establish the CEEC Energy Curves benchmarking tool and the prestigious CEEC Medal.