Alban Lynch

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Alban Lynch AO graduated from the University of NSW in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science. He later completed a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 1965 and a Doctor of Science from the University of NSW in 1975.

His career in the mining industry began with the Zinc Corporation in Broken Hill as a metallurgist from 1954 to 1958, followed by a career spanning 35 years with the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Queensland.

As a Research Officer at the University of Queensland, Alban was instrumental in establishing an initial three-year Australian Mineral Industries Research Association Limited (AMIRA) project on grinding (P9 Project). The theme of the research in 1962 became the modelling and simulation of grinding circuits. Mount Isa Mines (MIM) Limited supported the work by permitting the circuits in its old concentrator to be experimental test sites. The P9 Project continues today in collaboration with the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) and international universities.

Alban was the Founding Director of the JKMRC at the University of Queensland, which was established in 1970. He pioneered the early use of computers, producing the first comminution and classification models using operating plant data.  This led to PC-based simulation of crushers, grinding mills, hydrocyclones and flotation,  resulting in increased plant capacity.  He established field-based blasting research that developed measurement methods and improved blasting practice at worldwide operations.  His international research links within both academia and industry were visionary, with his students first placed in overseas plants in the late 1960s.  He supervised over 30 students to thesis completion and influenced the work of countless others.  In his retirement he has continued to lecture and encourage research in Mexico, Malaysia and Turkey.

The establishment of the technology transfer company JK Tech captured the outcomes of applied research to provide useful solutions for industry.  This became a successful University of Queensland technology company. In 1988, Alban became the Head of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at the university.  He retired from the university in 1993.


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