Charles Robert Julian died in Spain on 7th September, 1955, at the age 58.

He was born in South Africa, and during the first world war served from 1915 to 1917 as lieutenant and from 1917 to 1919 as captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery in France and Flanders, and won the Military Cross.

Mr. Julian received his professional training at the Royal School of Mines from 1919 to 1923 and gained the Associateship in Mining. He joined Rio-Tinto Co., Ltd., in August, 1923, and remained with the Company in Spain for the rest of his life. He began as efficiency engineer and shift boss at Alfredo and Planes underground mines and after two years was appointed first assistant to the chief of the department, North Lode opencast. He was made underground manager of South Lode in 1927 and from 1930 to 1931 held the position of assistant to the technical deputy manager, before his appointment to the position of chief mining engineer in charge of all the Company’s mining operations in Spain. Ten years later, in 1941, Mr. Julian was promoted technical deputy manager, and in January, 1951, was made general manager. During 1954 when Rio Tinto Co. transferred the major portion of their assets to Compania Espanola de Minas de Rio Tinto, S.A., he was appointed a director of the new company and also representative in Spain of Rio Tinto Co., London.

‘The Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa’ Gold Medal for 1940 was awarded to Mr. Julian for his paper entitled ‘Underground mining at Rio Tinto, Spain’, published in the Transactions of the Institution (vol. 49, 1939-40), and he was also the author of an earlier paper, ‘Some notes on a tunnel driven at Rio Tinto, Spain’ (Transactions, vol. 38, 1928-29).

Mr. Julian was admitted to Studentship of the Institution in 1923, and was elected to Associate Membership in 1926 and transferred to Membership in 1936.

Vol. 65, Trans IMM 1955-56, p.466

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