Emeritus Professor Barry Welch’s more than half a century of involvement with the aluminium smelting and extractive metallurgy industries, has been a continuous blend of academic research and industrial involvement.
The Light Metals division of TMS have recognised his distinguished contributions through awarding him both its Distinguished Service and Technical Service awards. He is the most cited author in its recent “Essential reading for the aluminium industry” series and the recipient more “Best paper” awards than any other contributor or company. Recently TMS-AIME awarded him the James Douglas Gold medal for extractive metallurgy and mineral processing, while he was also elected both a Fellow and honorary member of TMS one of the very few people outside North America are to be elected.. Internationally his contributions have been recognised by being elected an Honorary Academician of the CIS, an Honorary member of the Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences, and an honorary Professor at North East University Shenyang PRC. His involvement with the Chinese smelting industry dating back more than 30 years.- Throughout his career he has simultaneously served as a consultant to aluminium smelting companies on performance enhancement and improved materials and technology, including involvement with development of all the DX series