Murray Edmund Watts

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Murray Edmund Watts
Born 1909
Cobalt, Ontario
Died October 8, 1982
Residence Canada
Citizenship Canadian
Known for Discovery of the Mary River iron ore deposit
Notable awards Order of Canada
Massey Medal

Murray Edmund Watts, CM (1909 – October 8, 1982) was a Canadian mining engineer and prospector. He is known for a series of important ore discoveries in the Arctic regions, beginning at the age of 22,and continuing through a long career.


Watts was born in the silver town of Cobalt, Ontario in 1909.

Mineral discoveries[edit]

He is credited with the following mineral discoveries:[1]


He was also known as a manager for mining companies. He was mine superintendent of Canadian Malartic Gold Mines and general manager of Little Long Lac Gold Mines (1948–56). In 1962, he founded the international geological and mining consulting firm, Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited with co-founders Arthur Thomas Griffis and Jack McOuat.