Tsu-Ming Han 1999 Goldich Medal
The 1999 Goldich Medal recipient epitomizes the characteristics
required to receive this unique and prestigious award. He has devoted
his professional life to solving nature's myriad challenges in the
field of geology and sharing his findings with colleagues both verbally
and through published and unpublished mineral papers.
He was born during the 1920s in the Hunan Province of China. His family
stressed the importance of education. He pursued his education during a
series of difficult periods that included being kidnaped and held by
bandits, pursued by Japanese forces, and the imposition of Nationalist
control followed by the cultural upheaval caused by the ascendancy of
the Communists after World War II. After graduating from Northwest
University in Sian Province in 1945 and a brief stint with the Bureau
of Mineral Exploration, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 to complete
graduate work at the University of Cincinnati and the University of
Minnesota. His mentors at the University of Minnesota included Drs.
Goldich, Gruner, and Schwartz.
After summer employment with Cleveland-Cliffs in 1952, he accepted
permanent employment at the Ishpeming Research facility. Soon after, he
met and married Joy. They have three children who have also benefited
professionally by achieving advanced educational degrees.
He has published numerous articles on the genesis of iron formations
with emphasis on textural relations during diagenesis and metamorphism.
What is not generally known is that he is an expert on all facets of
the beneficiation and pelletizing process that has dominated the North
American iron ore industry for half a century. His studies have
assisted in continual improvement in the pelletizing process to keep
the industry competitive.
He has a special interest in the preserved algae present in several
areas of the Negaunee Iron-formation at the Empire Mine and has
published his findings.
It should be noted that he delivered a paper at the first Institute
meeting in 1955 and continues his scientific inquiry as evidenced by
his current presentation at the Institute. Indeed, the only change
noticeable since his formal retirement in 1992 is that he now wears
tennis shoes to the office.
It is my pleasure to introduce to the Institute the 1999 recipient of
the Goldich Medal, my friend and our colleague, Tsu-Ming Han.
Submitted by Tom Wagonner
Awarded May 6, 1999
45th Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology