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WASM legend enters Hall of Fame

Media release

A graduate and past lecturer of Curtin University of Technology’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) has been inducted into the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame.

Dr Charles Warman, who died last year, is being recognised for his extraordinary and unique lifelong contribution to the Australian minerals industry.

A former WASM lecturer, Dr Warman invented and manufactured the Warman pump and was awarded an Order of Australia for service to engineering, the mining industry and the community.

“Charles was one of WASM’s most accomplished graduates and was named by Engineers Australia as one of the top ten Australian Engineers of the 20th century,” WASM Director Professor Paul Dunn said.

“He developed slurry pumping and related equipment used in the mining industry for over 50 years.

“Just as significantly, he also played an important role in the early days of the development of iron ore mining in WA by helping to develop the Mt Newman Iron Ore operations.”

Dr Warman also established MD Research in Sydney in 1969, where he supported and contributed to education, postgraduate scholarships, student competitions and infrastructure development.

He will be inducted into the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame on 23 October, 2009 at the Perth Convention Centre.