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Danie Krige - an international household name to anyone who studied or practised the science of evaluating mineral resources for mining purposes, died recently in

While his name may not be familiar to many people outside the field, so new and revolutionary were his ideas – applying mathematical statistics to the spatial evaluation of orebodies – that the processes he developed were named after him, becoming known in the industry as ‘kriging’. This technique has helped improve ore evaluation methods and reduce the financial risk of investing in mining projects.

pic3 The significance of his work to the global mining industry is difficult to over-estimate; over the years, his work was recognized by such varied sources as Moscow State Mining University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate, and the US National Academy of Engineering, where he was the first South African ever to be elected a Foreign Associate in Earth Resources Engineering.

Back home in South Africa, Krige’s Doctor of Science (Engineering) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand was augmented by three honorary doctorates – from Pretoria University, the University of South Africa, and his alma mater.

As recently as last year, he received the Order of the Baobab (Silver) from the South African President for exceptional and distinguished contributions to business and the economy, science, medicine, and technological innovation and community service. The only other mining person to have received this award is now-Deputy President of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, for his contribution during the democratic transformation negotiations.

Through his career, Krige received several awards from bodies like the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the US Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, the South African Academy for Science and Arts, the International Association for Mathematical Geology, the International APCOM Council (Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry), and the University of Antofagasta in Chile.

Born Daniel Gerhardus Krige in Bothaville, Free State in 1919, Krige matriculated at the age of just 15 from Monument High School in Krugersdorp. By 19, the age at which many people finish high school, he had graduated from Wits University with a Bachelor’s degree in mining engineering.

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