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Paul Etienne Queneau (1911-2012), a distinguished metallurgist, formerly with International Nickel and later with Thayer School of Engineering in Hanover, NH passed away on March 31, 2012 at the age of 101.

He was born in Philadelphia, PA, earned his B.A. (1931), B.Sc. (1932), and E.M. (1933) at Columbia University and Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology in 1971.

He started his career in 1934 at the alloy plant laboratories of International Nickel Company at Huntington, WV retiring after 33 years as Vice President, Technical Assistant to the President, and Assistant to the Chairman.

He then joined the faculty of the Thayer School of Engineering in 1971, where he taught for an additional 26 years and endowed the Thayer School’s Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professorship in Environmental Engineering Design.

During World War II Paul Queneau served with the US Army Corps of Engineers, was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the ETO Ribbon with five battle stars for service from the Normandy Beachhead to across the Rhine. In 1945 he returned to the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Paul Queneau is well known as the co-author of Winning of Nickel published in 1966 – – the first modern book on the extractive metallurgy of nickel, well illustrated and contains significant historical facts.

Professional accomplishments and honors include conception, development, and plant design of numerous successful industrial processes, for example, the Q-S-L reactor for smelting of lead.

He holds 34 US patents on extraction of nickel, copper, cobalt, and lead from their ores and concentrates.

He was a Fellow and past President of The Metallurgical Society (TMS-AIME), past Chairman of the Engineering Foundation, was awarded Columbia University’s Egleston Metal, AIME’s Douglas Gold Medal, and the Gold Medal of the British Institution of Mining and Metallurgy.

He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. On the occasion of his 80th birthday The Metallurgical Society-AIME held a symposium in his honor and the proceedings were published in two volumes entitled, Extractive Metallurgy of Copper, Nickel, and Cobalt.

One of his children, Paul Blaisdell (photo), is also a devoted metallurgist at Golden, Colorado. It was a great honor to have made acquaintance with Paul Etienne Queneau.

Fathi Habashi – Laval University, Quebec City, Canada Fathi.Habashi@arul.ulaval.ca