Kim Hein (Ncube-Hein) received a B.S. in economic geology from the University of Adelaide and a Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Tasmania. She undertook research at the Universiteit Utrecht from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, she accepted the Chamber of Mines chair and professorship of mining geology at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg and is actively involved in geoscience research and education in South Africa and francophone West Africa.
She has many years of experience in the fields of metals exploration and mining, research and development, management, and geoscience education. She was the 1989 recipient of the Ralph Tate Medal for Geology and the 1989 Homestake Prize for Economic Geology. She has specialized on the applied structural geology, exploration, and mining of Archaean and Proterozoic gold deposits in Australia and West Africa.
Best Paper in Geophysics 2012
Dr. Hein received the 2012 Best Paper in Geophysics Award, with Musa S. D. Manzi, Raymond Durrheim, and Nick King for their paper: 3D edge detection seismic attributes used to map potential conduits for water and methane in deep gold mines in the Witwatersrand basin, South Africa.