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AWARD: Lucky Amaratunga wins CMP lifetime achievement

OTTAWA – Professor Dr. Laxman “Lucky” Amaratunga has been honoured as the recipient of the Canadian Mineral Processors’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized for his demonstrated excellence in the science of...


OTTAWA – Professor Dr. Laxman “Lucky” Amaratunga has been honoured as the recipient of the Canadian Mineral Processors’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized for his demonstrated excellence in the science of mineral beneficiation and ongoing contribution to the CMP.

“I am deeply honoured by this award, and very touched by the tribute from my many colleagues in the CMP,” said Amaratunga, who was caught off guard when the award was announced during the banquet at the 44th annual meeting of the CMP in January 2012. The nearly-500 delegates gave him a standing ovation. “Honestly, the CMP kept this a total surprise to me and my wife. I am so happy to be acknowledged by those in my field, and also by my university.”

 Amaratunga has been employed by Laurentian University since 1984, and has received several awards through throughout his long career. In 2007 he received the Teck Cominco Environmental Award for his research activities in processing, utilizing and recycling of waste materials in the mining cycle. In 2003, he was recognized with Laurentian’s Teaching Excellence Award and in 2011, MetSoc and CMP held a luncheon in his honour at the Conference of Metallurgists.

He continues to lecture at Laurentian, and to pursue his research and on a nanotechnology gold extraction process.

Congratulations can be sent to lamaratunga@laurentian.ca.


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