Rodney Jones recipient of the TMS EPD Distinguished Lecturer Award for 2021

Prof Rodney Jones, Senior Technical Specialist in the Pyrometallurgy Division (PDD), is the recipient of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society’s (TMS) Extraction and Processing Division (EPD) Distinguished Lecturer Award for 2021.

This prestigious award recognises an outstanding scientific leader in the field of non-ferrous extraction and processing metallurgy. Rodney has been cordially invited to present a comprehensive lecture at the TMS 2021 Annual Meeting.

Rodney said, “I feel privileged to have had a career in pyrometallurgy that exposed me to many commodities, technologies and countries.  I am grateful to have worked with many wonderful and inspiring people.  In becoming a recipient of this award, I am humbled to be in the company of so many truly great metallurgists that have gone before me.”

The nomination was put forward by Mintek Chief Engineers, Prof Joalet Steenkamp, and Dr Quinn Reynolds, Mintek Consultant, Dr Nic Barcza, and Paul den Hoed, Senior Lecturer Pyrometallurgy at the University of the Witwatersrand. They felt that Rodney’s career accomplishments uniquely qualifies him for this award.

Steenkamp, said, “This prestigious award puts Dr Jones on par with distinguished researchers like Arthur D. PeltonSridhar Seetharaman, and many other past awardees of EPD Distinguished Lecturer and is an indication of the extent to which South African Pyrometallurgists influence our community at large.”

A formal presentation of the award will be made at the EPD/MPMD Luncheon in Orlando, Florida during the 150th TMS Annual Meeting, in March 2021 (TMS2021). Rodney’s lecture is also scheduled for TMS2021. Fellow Mintekkers are encouraged to plan ahead, participate in any of the symposia at TMS2021, and to support Rodney in person.

The TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition draws more than 4,000 students and professionals from across disciplines and around the world. The various specialised symposia associated with the Annual Meeting, provide great platforms for Mintek researchers to showcase their work. More information for TMS2020 is available at and TMS2021 at