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Golden Jubilee for geological service

Dr Roy Miller, Geologist, earth-friend, mineral expert, near Otjiha in November 2008. Dr Miller’s lifelong contribution to his discipline is recognised later this month at a symposium in his honour where his colleagues will

Dr Roy Miller, Geologist, earth-friend, mineral expert, near Otjiha in November 2008. Dr Miller’s lifelong contribution to his discipline is recognised later this month at a symposium in his honour where his colleagues will

The Namibian geology, mines and mineral resources will be the focus of a conference to be held in Windhoek from the 17-18 August at Arebbusch Travel Lodge.
The conference has been arranged to celebrate 50 years of geological service by Dr Roy Miller. The 39 presentations and 30 posters that are being given will cover the geology of Namibia’s economic life blood, namely its diamond, uranium, gold,  copper and other mineral deposits.
Other presentations include topics as wide ranging as the geological and palaeontological evolution of the southern African sub-continent, and diverse themes  which reflect the wide interests of Dr Miller, who first worked in Namibia in 1964.
Since then he has been involved in over 100 publications on Namibian geology, most notably editing a publication and map on the Pan African collisional Damara Orogen. As director of the Survey he was also responsible for the initiation and compilation of the 1:1 million scale geological map of Namibia which forms the foundation of Namiban geological work today. More recently he has compiled a definitive 3 volume work on the geology of Namibia.

Miller has worked with scientists from all over the world and a scientific symposium is being organised by the Geological Society of Namibia to give these international colleagues an opportunity to recognise his achievements and service.
Three keynote presentations will be amongst the highlights of the conference. These will be given by Prof Chris Hawkesworth of St Andrews University (Scotland), Prof Murray Hitzman of the Colorado School of Mines (USA) and Dr Branko Corner, a consulting geophysicist based in Swakopmund.  After the conference, Dr Miller will lead a six day field trip to examine key geological aspects of the Damara Orogen.
The Society has also teamed up with the USA-based Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and will host a one-day course on copper deposits to be given by Prof Hitzman.  Prof Hitzman is a former US Congressional Fellow before becoming a university professor.  As an international society with over 7,000 members in more than 100 countries, the SEG’s participation in this event reflects the international recognition that Dr Miller has achieved.

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