Min­ing hall of fame hon­ours pro­fes­sor

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Canada’s min­ing hall of fame has hon­oured a Lau­ren­tian Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor

James M. Franklin, an ad­junct pro­fes­sor at Lau­ren­tian’s Har­quail School of Earth Sciences, is one of five global in­dus­try in­flu­encers rec­og­nized by the Cana­dian Min­ing Hall of Fame in 2019.

Franklin is a dis­tin­guished geo­sci­en­tist who helped build and ad­vance the knowl­edge base of Canada’s min­eral in­dus­try. Much of his ca­reer was spent with the Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of Canada, doc­u­ment­ing the com­plex evo­lu­tion of the Cana­dian Shield and the link to its phe­nom­e­nal min­eral wealth.

He has also served the min­er­als sec­tor as a ge­o­log­i­cal con­sul­tant, ed­u­ca­tor, au­thor, lec­turer and in­dus­try am­bas­sador. He has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards for his achieve­ments, in­clud­ing the RAF Pen­rose Gold Medal from the So­ci­ety of Eco­nomic Ge­ol­o­gists and the Lo­gan Gold Medal from the Ge­o­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada.

“Dr. Franklin has pro­vided in­valu­able guid­ance and sci­en­tific in­sight to nu­mer­ous MSc and PhD stu­dents for more than 15 years as both a com­mit­tee mem­ber and co-su­per­vi­sor,” Harold Gib­son, pro­fes­sor of vol­canol­ogy and ore de­posits of the Har­quail School of Earth Sciences at Lau­ren­tian Uni­ver­sity, said in a re­lease. “His wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in Pre­cam­brian met­al­logeny and ore de­posits has ben­e­fited Lau­ren­tian fac­ulty mem­bers and stu­dents and his in­put into some of the out­stand­ing is­sues re­lated to base metal en­dow­ment helped to fo­cus our Metal Earth re­search pro­gram.”

Pierre Zun­del, in­terim pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor of Lau­ren­tian Uni­ver­sity, also praised Franklin’s work.

“All of us at Lau­ren­tian Uni­ver­sity con­grat­u­late Dr. Franklin on this tremen­dous hon­our. His in­duc­tion into the Cana­dian Min­ing Hall of Fame is tes­ti­mony of his sus­tained com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tions to the in­dus­try,” Zun­del said.

The Cana­dian Min­ing Hall of Fame’s 30th an­nual in­duc­tion din­ner was held this week at the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in down­town Toronto. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Cana­dian Min­ing Hall of Fame, in­clud­ing com­plete in­ductee pro­files, visit min­ing­hallof­fame.ca.


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