James (Jim) Thorpe Woodcock


Jim Woodcock (1925-2009) was born in Brompton, England. Jim was relocated to several locations around the world because of his father’s work with the Royal Engineers. Jim arrived in Melbourne on 16 August 1940. Jim attended Melbourne University and completed a bachelor’s degree of Metallurgical Engineering in 1946 and a Master of Engineering Science in 1948. He was awarded the Dixon Scholarship in Metallurgical Engineering in 1947.

In 1951, Jim began working at the CSIRO. Within the CSIRO, Jim progressed from Research Scientist to Senior Principal Research Scientist and retired in 1990 after reaching 65. He then continued to work in CSIRO as an Honorary Fellow until July 2009. In his work, Jim also taught and trained young scientists across many universities and colleges.

Jim joined AusIMM in 1943 as a student; he became an Associate Member in 1950, and then a Member (later changed to a Fellow) in 1962. For 30 years from 1963 to 1993 Jim was an Honorary Editor for AusIMM. He was also Honorary Editor for the Australian Academy of Technological Science from 1977 to 1991. Jim has authored or co-authored around 300 publications as well as many confidential company reports. One of his major contributions was organising and editing three major reviews of mining and metallurgical practice in Australia: The Australian Mining, Metallurgical and Mineral Industry (1965), Mining and Metallurgical Practices in Australasia (The Sir Maurice Mawby volume) (1980), and Australasian Mining and Metallurgy (with Ken Hamilton, 1993).

Jim was on several international committees for many years, including the Commonwealth Committee on Mineral Processing Congresses from 1980-1994. He gave Plenary Lectures at several of these Congresses.

Jim was a Fellow of The AusIMM and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy London. He received the AusIMM President’s Award in 1980; and was awarded AusIMM Honorary Fellowship in 1992. In 1994, he became a Golden Fellow in recognition of 50 years of AusIMM membership.

His last and most prestigious award was being made a Member in the General Section of the Order of Australia in 2003.

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