Historical Metallurgy Luncheon

featuring the Fathi Habashi Lecturer

The luncheon will feature special invited speaker B.A. Wills of MEI.

Lecturer Title

Cornwall- the birthplace of modern mining

Ticketed event: Price TBA


The small county of Cornwall, in the extreme south-west of England, was, in the 19th century, the world’s biggest producer of copper and tin.
After the decline in the early 20th century, Cornish miners took their hard rock expertise to mining areas around the globe.
This lecture looks at why Cornwall was so rich in copper and tin, what is was like to work underground in the deep mines over a century ago, the methods used to treat the ores, and the future of mining in Cornwall.


Barry A. Wills

Dr. Barry Wills’s 51 years in the mining industry began on the Zambian Copperbelt in 1969. He was then a Principal Lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, UK for 22 years. While at CSM he wrote the 1st edition of Mineral Processing Technology, now in its 8th edition, and founded Minerals Engineering journal in 1988, for which he is still Editor-in-Chief.

He left CSM in 1996 to start up Minerals Engineering International (MEI), a family business which has become internationally known for its mineral processing conferences, the web-based MEI Online and the popular MEI Blog.

Dr. Wills is a recipient of the International Mineral Processing Council’s Distinguished Service Award, and IOM3’s Medal for Excellence, and is an honorary professor of China’s #1 mineral processing University, the Central South University.

Barry Wills, MEI