Emeritus Professor Tim Napier-Munn

Tim is a mineral engineer with degrees from Imperial College, London and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has spent his +40-year career in applied R&D for the mineral industry, working for De Beers in South Africa and for universities in England and Australia.

He was Research Manager of the De Beers Diamond Research Laboratory Mines Division 1981-1985 and then joined the JKMRC at the University of Queensland, becoming its Research Director in 1992. He was appointed JKMRC Director in 1997 and inaugural MD of JKTech Pty Ltd in 2001. He retired from these two roles in 2004 and now works part-time for the JKMRC and consults through JKTech. He was appointed Emeritus Professor by the University of Queensland in 2014. 

Tim’s research and consulting interests are in the modelling and simulation of mineral processes, physical processing such as dense medium separation and hydrocyclones, comminution, diamond processing, data analytics, statistical methods applied to mineral processing, technology transfer and research management. He has given his professional development course on Statistics for Mineral Engineers over 140 times around the world, and in 2014 the JKMRC published his book “Statistical Methods for Mineral Engineers: How to Design Experiments and Analyse Data”. 

He has published over 140 papers and articles, and was the editor of the JKMRC ‘Blue Book’ on comminution (1996) and the 7th Edition of Wills’ Mineral Processing Technology (2006). He is a recipient of the Futer Medal of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2009) and the AusIMM President’s Award (2011). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Minerals Engineering journal, a founding board member of CEEC International and a Fellow of the AusIMM.