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Published on Sep 28, 2016
William N. Poundstone was formally inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame on Sept. 24, 2016 during the 29th Annual Induction Banquet in Las Vegas.
William Poundstone is recognized for his contributions to the development of improved underground coal mining technology. An inventor and problem solver, he received 34 patents primarily for mining equipment and conveyors. He authored numerous technical publications and was recognized for pioneering work in the development of drilling techniques for coal seam degasification, mine safety, and coalbed product. Poundstone served on numerous energy policy committees and was of service in many national associations. He concluded his career as Executive Vice President with Consol in 1982. He endowed the William N. Poundstone Professorship in Mining Engineering at West Virginia University. The William N. Poundstone Lecture Series brings mining industry authorities to campus to share their expertise with students and faculty.
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.