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Hubert Elias Risser

educator , mineral economist

Hubert Elias Risser, American educator, mineral economist. Recipient Distinguished Achievement award Colorado School Mines, 1970; Mineral Economics award, 1975.


Risser, Hubert Elias was born on April 28, 1914 in Kansas City, Kansas, United States. Son of Elmer B. and Della (Rowlen) Risser.


Engineer Mines. Colorado School Mines, 1937. Master of Science in Mining, U. Kansas, 1953, Doctor of Philosophy. in Economics, 1956.


With Alabama By-Products Corporation, Birmingham, 1937-1941, 47-50, mine superintendent. Staff engineer National Safety Council, Chicago, 1946-1947. Instructor, then assistant professor mining engineering U. Kansas, 1950-1957.

Mining consultant Kansas Geological Survey, 1952-1957. Mineral economist Illinois Geological Survey, 1957-1960, principal mineral economist, 1960-1973, assistant chief, 1967-1973. Professor mineral economics University of Illinois, 1960-1973.

Mineral economist United States Geological Survey, 1973, assistant director, 1974. Visiting Coulter professor mineral economics Colorado School Mines, 1970. Consultant to government and industry, 1954-1974.


  • Author: The Economics of the Coal Industry, 1958. Also numerous articles.


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Member panel mineral economics, committee earth science and technical National Academy Science, 1966. Served to major C.E., Army of the United States, 1941-1946. Member American Economics Association, Geological Society American, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Illinois Academy Science, Soil Conservation Society American, American Institute Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (chairman St. Louis 1962, chairman economics committee 1966, chairman council economics 1968, Krumb lecturer 1972), Illinois Mining Institute (Executive Board 1964-1974), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, Theta Tau.

Kiwanian (vice president Champaign-Urbana 1967). Club: Cosmos.


Married Sarah Ann Griffith, June 4, 1939. Children: Nancy Arleen, Rita Annual.

Elmer B. Risser

Della (Rowlen) Risser

Sarah Ann Griffith

Nancy Arleen Risser

Rita Ann Risser