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Published on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Haydn H. Murray was formally inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame on Sept. 24, 2016 during the 29th Annual Induction Banquet in Las Vegas.
Dr. Murray was an internationally recognized expert on applied clay mineralogy. His research and leadership in applied clay mineralogy resulted in four U.S. patents and led to the development of innovative new kaolin products for paper coating and filling, enhanced single coat coverage in paints, and expanded uses for clays in ceramics, plastics, and other commercial applications. As chief operating officer of Georgia Kaolin Company, he expanded their interests to bentonite clay, sodium and calcium bentonites, halloysite, and European kaolins through strategic acquisitions and joint ventures. In academia, he created the first program in applied clay science in the U.S. at Indiana University. Murray’s book “Applied Clay Mineralogy” continues as a valued reference for researchers, geologists, and mine operators.
Full length biographies and photographs of all inductees can be accessed on the NMHFM web site at www.mininghallofame.org along with additional information about the museum and its facilities.