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Richard Ernest Siemens

researcher , metallurgy administrator

Richard Ernest Siemens was American metallurgy administrator, researcher. Recipient Meritorious Service award United States Department Interior, 1981, Raiffeisen award National Credit Union Association, 1988; National Defense Education Act fellow Oregon State University, 1960-1963.


Siemens, Richard Ernest was born on July 7, 1938 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States. Son of John Charles and Ruth Eva (Schumaker) Siemens.


Bachelor of Science, Oregon State University, 1960. Postgraduate, Oregon State University, 1971. Postgraduate, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, 1961.


Research physicist Albany (Oregon) Research Center United States Bureau Mines, 1961-1977, metallurgist, 1977-1980, group supervisor, 1980-1984, research supervisor, 1984-1989, senior technical monitor, contract officers' representative pilot plant Tucson, 1980-1981, acting research director Tuscaloosa (Alabama) Research Center, 1988, research director Reno Research Center, 1989-1994. Retired, 1994

Member advisory committee Professional Council Federal Scientists and Engineers, 1990-1994, MacKay School Mines, University Nevada, Reno, 1991-1994. Presenter numerous technical meetings.


  • Achievements include patents for Process for Recovery of Non-Ferrous Metal from Oxide Ores and Concentrates, for Reduction of Laterite Ores, for Recovery of Valuable Organic and Aqueous Phases from Metallurgical Solvent Extraction Emulsions, for Process for Recovering Ni(II), Cu(II), and Co(II) from Ammoniacal-Ammonium Sulfate Leach Liquor. Research on phase relations of metal alloy systems, on phase relations and superconductivity in metal alloys and compounds, and on hydrometallurgical process development.


  • Contributor over 50 articles to professional journals and internal publications.


President Federal Metals Center Credit Union, Albany, 1976-1989. Board trustees Oregon Technology Foundation, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon, since 1999. Member American Institute of Mining, Sigma Xi.


Married Louise Irene Niehaus, June 21, 1959. Children: Rhonda Kaye, Leann Marie.

John Charles Siemens

Ruth Eva (Schumaker) Siemens

Louise Irene Niehaus

Rhonda Kaye Siemens

Leann Marie Siemens