Frank Woods McQuiston, Jr., was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and spent his youth in mining camps of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Mines, University of California, Berkeley, in 1931.
In 1951 he was awarded the French "Order of Ouissam Alaourite Cherifien" for outstanding metallurgical services to the Moroccan Government. He was presented with the Robert H. Richard award in 1968 by the American Institute of Mining Engineers; made a Distinguished Member of the Society of Mining Engineers Class of 1975, and an Honorary Member of AIME three years later.
He was a prolific contributor to the literature of mineral processing and metallurgy including the AIME volumes 50th Anniversary of Froth Flotation, Surface Mining, Mining Engineers Handbook, and the Mineral Processing Handbook. He also was the coauthor of two monographs entitled Gold and Silver Cyanidation Plant Practice and another, Primary Crushing Plant Design.
Mr. McQuiston retired from Newmont Mining Corporation in 1969, but remained as a consultant until 1982.
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