Louis Ware (SME)
AIME Hal Williams Hardinge Award* in 1964
Born in Somerset, Kentucky, in 1884, Louis Ware graduated from the College of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 1917. In 1952, that University conferred on him an honorary D.Sc.
Dr. Ware began his career in the copper mines of Arizona, rising from miner to underground boss to general foreman. From 1919 to 1921, he worked with Arizona Commercial Mining Co. For the next two years, he was chief engineer for th Iron Cap Copper Co. and then, from 1923 to 1926, was with the Miami Copper Co. as General Foreman and Superintendent.
In 1926, Dr. Ware went to South America as General Mine Superintendent for Guggenheim Brothers, in charge of large nitrate mining operations in _Chile. Returning to the United States in 1929, he resumed practice as a consulting engineer in New York City, becoming affiliated, one year later, with the New York Trust Company. In 1935, he was elected President and Director of United Electric Coal Companies and Coal Sales Corporation in Chicago. He became President and Director of International Minerals & Chemical Corporation in 1939. In May of 1958, he was elected Chairman of the Board.
Although he retired as Chief Executive of the Corporation in 1959, he continues on the Board as Chairman.
Although an outstanding industrialist whose able leadership developed a corporation that is the world's largest producer of minerals and chemicals for food production, Dr. Ware prefers to he known simply as a mining engineer. He holds many directorships, has a multitude of civic interests and, accompanied by Mrs. Ware, has traveled throughout the world.