Former Geoscience executive honoured

Former Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia, Neil
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Williams (pictured) has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science’s Haddon Forester King Medal.
   The award has been made in recognition of a long and distinguished geoscience career.
   The medal is awarded every two years to acknowledge original and sustained contributions to the Earth sciences in Australia, particularly relating to the discovery, evaluation and exploitation of mineral deposits including hydrocarbons.
   Chief Executive Officer at Geoscience Australia, Chris Pigram said Dr Williams had made an outstanding contribution to the geosciences during a distinguished career that had encompassed academia, industry and the Public Service.
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"His outstanding achievement has helped Australia reach a position of world leadership in the use of geoscience as an essential underpinning capability for natural resources management, particularly in the fields of minerals and petroleum exploration,” Dr Pigram said.
   He said when Dr Williams joined the Public Service in 1991 he brought with him a wealth of knowledge of the minerals industry and economic geology. He assumed leadership of Geoscience Australia’s predecessor, the Australian Geological Survey Organisation in 1995; eventually becoming the Agency’s longest-serving Chief Executive.
   Dr Pigram said Dr Williams’ contribution to his profession and the Public Service had been previously acknowledged in several significant ways.
   “In 1996 he was elected to the position of Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2006 he was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service in the provision of geoscientific advice to Government, geoscience services, industry and the public,” Dr Pigram said.  
   For more information about Dr William’s career visit this PS News link.
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