In Memoriam: we honour Ken Mathews, a pioneer in the field of mining rock mechanics, who passed away in July 2007.
Ken Mathews had over 50 years experience as a mining engineer in operations, consulting, teaching and research, specializing in mining and geotechnical engineering, mine planning, audits and training, and development, review and monitoring of mining R&D programs.
Ken held teaching and research positions at the University of British Columbia and the University of Minnesota, a guest lecturer position at the University of California, Berkeley, and was Director of Mining Research at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, University of Queensland from 1982 to 1986. He also practised consulting to the mining industry as a Principal of Golder Associates in both Canada and Australia.
Areas of special interest and accomplishment included excavation design in fractured rock, rock breaking with explosives, materials handling in mines, mine filling systems and mine ventilation systems.
His honours include receiving the Presidents Medal of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in New Zealand in 1989.
In 1990, he accepted the position of Director of Mining Research for HRDK Mining Research Ltd., an agency company for Falconbridge Ltd., INCO Ltd., and Noranda Minerals Inc.; specializing in the development of continuous mining systems for underground, hard rock mining. He completed his career as a review consultant.