Dr Ray Binns

Visiting Fellow
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BSc (Hons 1, Sydney, 1959), PhD (Cambridge 1962)


Dr Ray Binns graduated BSc with the University Medal in Geology at the University of Sydney in 1959, and PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1962. He was Associate Professor of Geology at the University of New England, then Reader in Geology at the University of Western Australia, prior to joining the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1977 to manage its Sydney geological laboratories. He has authored over 130 publications dealing principally with the geological settings of major Australian base metal, nickel, gold and uranium orebodies. He commenced studies of seafloor hydrothermal activity in 1986 and has taken part in 17 marine expeditions to the Southwest Pacific and Indonesian regions. Leading a team of CSIRO scientists and colleagues from Australian and overseas universities, he discovered the PACMANUS polymetallic sulfide deposit in 1991 and the Suzette (Solwara 1) deposit in 1996, both in the Manus Basin of Papua New Guinea. In 2002 he and his research team were awarded the Chairman’s Gold Medal, CSIRO’s highest scientific honor. He holds Fellowships of the Geological Society of London, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Mineralogical Society of America, the Society of Economic Geologists, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and is a member of numerous other professional societies. He was awarded Australia’s Centenary of Federation Medal for services to geology and the minerals industry.


Research interests

Igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis and geochemistry. Australian mineral deposits. Seafloor mineral deposits in Papua New Guinea waters. Stony meteorites. Forensic mineralogy.


130 peer-reviewed publications

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