Hydrometallurgy Pioneer’s Family Gives to UBC in His Memory

In May 2015, Mrs. Gwynneth Peters, wife of the late Dr. Ernest Peters (1926-2009), made a generous donation to the Ernest Peters Prize, an award established in 1992 upon Dr. Peters’ retirement from the Department of Mining and Metallurgy.

Dr. Peters was a Professor in the Department from 1958 to 1992­ – and also a triple alumnus. During his career, he conducted pioneering hydrometallurgical research and established UBC as a Centre of Excellence in Hydrometallurgy. To ensure the continuation of hydrometallurgy at UBC following his retirement, he inaugurated the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy that remains a fundamental part of the Department of Materials Engineering today.

An international hydrometallurgy symposium was held in 1992 to commemorate Dr. Peters’ numerous and significant achievements in the field. Over 200 colleagues attended the symposium, the proceeds of which were used to establish the Ernest Peters Prize, which the Department of Materials Engineering has awarded each year since to an outstanding graduating student. This new contribution from Mrs. Peters will substantially enhance the endowment, which in turn will greatly increase the amount the
Department is able to award to recipients each year.

The Department is proud to offer this prize in honour and memory of one of our most distinguished faculty. We sincerely thank Mrs. Peters and family for her kind and generous contribution.

Read more about the life and career of Dr. Ernest (Ernie) Peters.

Gwynneth Peters and Elizabeth Becker May 2015 CROPPED_approved by Liz Becker

Gwynneth Peters (left) with her daughter Elizabeth Becker (right). Photo: Dr. David Dreisinger

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