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“If I were asked what contributing factor has made my life so rewarding and satisfying, it has been that opportunity to keep on expanding my mind, thinking about new challenges.” Professor Howard Worner

Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship Fund

Professor Howard Worner CBE was a renowned Australian metallurgist and scientist from rural Victoria. One of his most prominent achievements was the development of continuous metal production reactors. Throughout the 1960s he led revolutionary work on copper and steel making methods at BHP and CRA, to reduce the size of metallurgical plants, improve energy efficiency and minimise environmental impacts.

After retiring from CRA Professor Worner became involved with the University of Wollongong (UOW) where he continued his interest in continuous smelting techniques and led a committed research group investigating the applications of microwave heating to industrial processing. He remained very active until his death in 2006, at the age of 93.

Professor Worner’s contributions went far beyond the scientific world. He was motivated by the opportunity to expand his knowledge and apply it creatively to new challenges. Many were inspired by his generous nature, energy and ideas.

At a symposium to celebrate Professor Worner’s lifetime achievements in 1993, Professor Keith Brimacombe from the University of British Colombia and President of the International Minerals, Metals and Materials Society spoke of Professor Worner’s romanticism and optimism. He said of Professor Worner, “Greatness is not only measured in hard achievement but in the dreams and heroic efforts of men and women who would make a difference. Howard is such a person, bursting with ideas and the passionate desire to pursue them.”


Professor Worner was a significant member of the UOW community and a noted philanthropist. In 2000, he donated his valuable mineral and rock collection to the University.

The Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship Fund will preserve Professor Worner’s legacy. The fund will recognise Professor Worner’s rural origins, his contributions to the scientific community and his passion for new challenges.

UOW enrols a high proportion of students from rural and isolated areas. The Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for students from a rural background studying Science or Engineering at UOW. It will encourage recipients to draw upon Professor Worner’s ideals and achievements as guidance for their own development.

To allow the scholarship to be provided in perpetuity, as a lasting acknowledgement of Professor Worner’s contributions, we are hoping to establish an endowment. The aim is to secure an endowment (fund), which would allow a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded each year to a deserving student in memory of Professor Worner.


The University of Wollongong is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Therefore, all gifts to the Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.

Donate now to support the Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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