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James M Stewart Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The International Desalination Association (IDA) in Conjunction with the Global Water Institute (GWI) today recognized James M Stewart for a lifetime of achievement and service in the field of desalination. Mr. Stewart began his career in 1946 with G & J Weir Ltd of Glasgow Scotland after distinguished academic achievement and apprenticeship in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Stewarts career with Weir spanned 23 years during which time he became Technical Director and was responsible for the early designs of numerous desalination plants several of which were the largest in existence at the time. Stewart’s early experimental work in seawater scale formation led to the industry’s first understanding of this major problem and its prevention. In 1982 he joined MECO as Technical Director and Vice President in which capacity he served for 10 years. He remains an executive consultant with MECO today. He has served as a Director of the International Desalination Association and published numerous papers in the field. Stewart was a Delegation Leader on the joint U.K. Atomic Energy Industrial Commission for the promotion of desalination. Stewart has been associated with the modern development of desalination for over 62 years.