Awards & Scholarships

Arthur B. Cummins

Arthur B. Cummins (SME)

AIME Honorary Membership in

For creative research activities leading to major improvements in technology for the processing and use of a wide variety of important industrial minerals and for his long unselfish service to the Institute and the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME.

Dr. Arthur B. Cummins retired in 1960 as Manager of the Central Chemical and Physical Research Department of the Johns-Manville Corporation. Since his retirement, he has been engaged as a Consultant for industrial minerals including appointments as Senior Technical Consultant for the Quebec Asbestos Mining Association (1961-1964) and U.S. Department of State Consultant for the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia (1961-1962).

Dr. Cummins received a B.S. degree from the University of Chicago in 1920 and a Ph.D. from the University of California in 1926. Following four years at the University of California as an Assistant Chemist, .he joined the Celite Company and worked as a Development Engineer and Research Engineer. When Johns-Manville acquired the Celite Corporation in 1930, he was appointed Manager of Celite Research and later served as Manager of the Johns-Manville Research Department and Manager of Basic Research, Magnesia and Minerals Department before assuming his final position as Manager of the Central Chemical and Physical Research Department.

Dr. Cummins became a member of AIME in 1936 and some of his many activities have included: Director of AIME (1951, 1959-1960), Vice President of AIME (1961), President of the Society of Mining Engineers ( 1960), Member of the Organizing Committee for the Society of Mining Engineers ( 1956), Assistant Editor of Industrial MineralY and Rocks, 3rd Edition (1958-1960), Chairman of the Industrial Minerals Division ( 1951) and AIME representative to the Engineers Joint Council (1956-1961). He received the AIME Hal Williams Hardinge Award in 1966. Dr. Cummins was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America in 1963 and he is a member of many professional societies.