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MEI Online: People News: North America: November 14th 2007


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:: Charles Cooper (1921- 2007)

Charles Cooper former editor of Hydrometallurgy passed away on March 20, 2007 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He was born in Victoria, B.C. on October 30, 1921, studied chemistry at the University of British Columbia graduating in 1943 then earned Ph.D. in 1949. After serving as instructor at the University of Wisconsin, he joined Canadian Copper Refiners in Montreal East in 1953. as Chief Chemist, and later Technical Superintendent. In 1962 he was appointed Director of the newly-founded Noranda Research Centre in Pointe Claire, Quebec. From 1970-1975 he was Project Manager with the United Nations Development Program for the establishment of a national mining and metallurgical research centre for the Chilean Government in Santiago. Returning to Canada in 1975 he was appointed Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1989 he became Professor Emeritus and moved to Vancouver where for the following ten years he was an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Metals and Materials Engineering at UBC.

Professor Cooper is especially known for the volumes Tellurium and Selenium which he edited in 1971 and 1974, respectively. He was one of the founding members and editor of the Copper - Cobre Conferences. During his tenure at Queen's University, he undertook research in solvent extraction and ion exchange of precious metals. Charles Cooper was awarded the CIM Fellowship in 1988 in recognition of his many contributions to the metallurgical field. At the University of British Columbia in 1989, he was active in research and from 1994 to 1999 he was editor of Hydrometallurgy.

As a sincere practicing Christian. Charles Cooper developed an association with Abbeyfield Houses for seniors, serving as a director of St. Margaret of Scotland Society in Burnaby, Chair of the British Columbia Chapter, and director of Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his work with Abbeyfield. This organization was created in England in the mid 1950s by Richard Carr-Gomm, who realised that many pensioners lived alone, feeling isolated and lonely. He moved to Abbeyfield Road in the east end of London, where he bought a house and created bed-sitting rooms for four elderly tenants. Significant donations enabled the purchase of further houses in London, Cheshire, and Sussex. In 1959, a volunteer group of London businessmen led to the creation of a national network to acquire and run the growing number of Abbeyfield houses. The Abbeyfield movement became international in 1988 as societies were established in Australia, Canada, and South Africa. There are now around 9000 residents living in 850 Abbeyfield houses in 16 countries. More than 12,000 volunteers worldwide give their time to provide support and companionship to residents.

Charles Cooper is survived by his wife, his two children, and his two grand children. He will be missed by his many colleagues and friends.

Fathi Habashi, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada; Fathi.Habashi@arul.ulaval.ca




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