Peter W. Harben (SME)
AIME Hal Williams Hardinge Award* in 2005
Peter W. Harben has worked in the field of industrial minerals for almost 30 years. Initially as a Deputy and American Editor of the journal Industrial Minerals based in London and then New York, Peter has written and spoken extensively on the subject of industrial minerals and their markets; texts include Industrial Minerals: A Global Geology, several editions of The Industrial Minerals HandyBook - A Guide to Markets, Specifications and Prices, and four titles in a series of Financial Times Executive Commodity Reports. Other recent publications include Manganese - Uses & Markets, Sampling Industrial Minerals & Ores, Bauxite & Alumina Uses and Markets, and Calcium Carbonate A review of global supply (2001). As President of Peter W. Harben Inc., an international consulting firm founded in 1986, he has participated in scores of assignments involving the full spectrum of industrial minerals and their consuming industries. This has required technical visits to more than 40 countries on behalf of clients ranging from individual land owners to major multi-nationals and the World Bank. Recent projects have included worldwide market evaluations, assessment of acquisition opportunities, the development of marketing plans, and participation in due diligence work. The firm works closely with professional associates throughout the world with expertise that ranges from transportation and health and safety regulations to financial analysis and glass technology. Peter Harben holds a B.Sc. Joint Honors degree in Geology and Mineral Exploitation from University College, Cardiff, and a M.Sc. D.I.C. (with Distinction) in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology in the University of London, both in the United Kingdom.