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Ten random things: October 31

Ten winners of the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal for distinguished achievement in mining other than coal:

  1. Roy Woodall (1988)
  2. T. Peter Philip (1994)
  3. Clinton H. Crane (1936)
  4. LeRoy Salsich (1947)
  5. Stanley M. Jarrett (1972)
  6. Richard T. Moolick (2001)
  7. Walter C. Lawson (1964)
  8. John Hays Hammond (1929)
  9. James S. Westwater (1980)
  10. William Jesse Coulter (1958)

The PDF copy of the New York Times article about frozen armadillos that I downloaded yesterday also contained this brief article:

   The William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal for 1932, given annually for distinguished achievement in mining, will be presented Feb. 17 to Frederick W. Bradley, president of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company and other mining enterprises, at the annual presdential dinner of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, to be held at the Hotel Commodore during the 141st meeting of the institute.
   The James Douglas Gold Medal will be awarded to Dr. C. H. Matewson of Yale, and Professor C. T. Eddy of Michigan College of Mines will receive the Alfred Noble Prize.

Naturally, I was curious as to whether these three awards -- important enough in 1932 to warrant both this little blurb and a long article in Time later that same month -- were still being awarded today. Sure enough, they are, though the Saunders Medal is now presented by the Mining & Exploration Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc., and the Noble Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The same cannot be said of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, which shut down its mining operations in 1944. They survived another 28 years by selling electricy from its hydroelectric plants to the local utility company. As for the Michigan College of Mines, it changed its name to Michigan Technological University in 1964 and is still going strong, as is Yale. And now you know the rest of the story.


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