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Frank Lawson


frank lawson testing effluent processing theories

Frank Lawson studied part time for six years at Sydney Technical College graduating with a Distinction Diploma while also working at the chemical manufacturers, Timbrol. After graduating, he was offered the opportunity at the University of NSW to convert his diploma into a degree. After one year of full time study Lawson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He was offered a scholarship to continue studying for a higher degree and the opportunity to lecturer in the Department of Metallurgy. He decided to obtain further industrial experience and joined the staff of Mount Isa Mines in Mount Isa Queensland as their Chief Chemist heading up the company’s analytical facilities as well as having a small research group looking at ways to utilize “waste” products.

After three years in Mount Isa, he applied for a position at the newly established Monash University. Lawson joined the department in 1963 as a Lecturer. During his time with the department, Frank averaged between two and three research publications per year. He developed the department’s facilities in thermodynamics and metallurgy to an international standard. Lawson also maintained excellent industry contacts and worked closely with other practising engineers, including advising the Brazilian Government on aspects of lead/zinc production. Three of the Chinese institutions with which he collaborated have seen fit to appoint him as an Honorary Research Professor of Metallurgy. Finally in 2009, Monash University awarded him the higher doctoral degree of Doctor of Engineering (D Eng) upon submission of his published work.