It is with great sadness that IMPC heard of the news of the passing of Jacques Astier on 20 May 2012 . Jacques Astier was the President of the Council from 1968 – 1985. Congresses held during Jacques’ tenure as President were those at Leningrad, Prague, London, Cagliari, Sao Paolo, Warsaw, Toronto and Cannes. In 2010 Jacques was a most worthy recipient of the IMPC Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his enormous contributions to minerals processing. Many were proud to know him as a friend.
In nominating Jacques Astier for the Distinguished Service Award in 2010 Professor Eric Forssberg wrote:
Jacques Astier graduated in 1948 from L´École Centrale in Paris, one of the most famous of the Grande’s Écoles in France. He has been a director at L´Institut de Recherche de la Sidérurgie Française, IRSID. Since 1988 he has been an independent consultant to corporations and institutions in metallurgy, iron ore and techno-economic matters. He has served as elected administrator (Administreur élu) of La Société de L´Industrie Minérale, SIM from 1983 – 1989 . He was the president of the section for mineral processing ( La section de valorisation) of SIM for the period 1963 – 1968 and he is currently honorary president of the section and received the section medal in 2002. Jacques Astier was Professor at L´Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Mines de Paris, another of the famous Grandes Écoles of France as well holding the position of President of the IMPC Council, in today’s terminology from the VIII IMPC in Leningrad in 1968 until the XV IMPC in Cannes in 1985. I have participated in the meetings of the IMPC Council from 1974 and during those years he managed to guide the IMPC with great skill and diplomatic ability. He published papers and reports on iron- and steelmaking, and iron ore markets.