Neil Campbell

Geologist, Deceased Person

1914 – 1978


Who was Neil Campbell?

Neil Campbell FRSC was a famous Canadian geologist, and is a notable within the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

Campbell was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and was a 1937 graduate of the University of Alberta's Mining and Metallurgical Engineering program. He sometimes worked for the Geological Survey of Canada during his summer breaks, and in 1935 under the direction of Alfred W. Jolliffe, Campbell mapped the Yellowknife, Northwest Territories area following numerous gold strikes in 1933-1934. Upon his graduation from the University of Alberta, Neil Campbell hired on with Cominco who owned the Con Mine in Yellowknife. He was involved in the exploration department of the company and over his career with Cominco he was responsible for the following developments or discoveries:

In 1943, he began research that identified the West Bay Fault in Yellowknife as having faulted the massive ore bodies at the Giant Mine beneath the Con Mine. This new gold deposit, now called the Campbell Shear Zone, brought new life into the Con Mine.

He developed theories about the geological nature of the lead and zinc orebodies at Pine Point, on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories. As a result, Cominco authorized large scale exploration that by 1954 had outlined a huge deposit. Pine Point went into production in 1964.

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Apr 27, 1914
  • Canada
  • University of Alberta
Jul 12, 1978

on July 23, 2013


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