Remembering copper analyst and pioneering researcher Paul Dewison

Roskill and shareholder Bloomsbury Minerals Economics are saddened to report the recent passing of Paul Dewison, a well-known copper market analyst, following a short illness. 

Paul authored Roskill’s first Li-ion batteries report, published in 2017, and contributed to some copper-related consulting projects. His time at Bloomsbury Mineral Economics however was more heavily copper market focussed. In his time at Bloomsbury, as part of the multi-client study on the longterm outlook for copper, Paul produced a pioneering piece of work, not only dealing properly with consumption both of cathode and scrap, but also then going on to calculate and forecast apparent consumption of each of the main groups of semis, country-by-country and globally. The latter was considered a world first. He continued to apply such in-depth analysis including in projects for the International Copper Alliance (ICA). 

Post graduating from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University with a degree in Geography, he became a landscape gardener as he took a keen interest in design, natural habitats and native plants.  

A change in career direction in his thirties saw Paul join Drewry Shipping Consultants and cut his teeth on copper at CRU under Philip Tomlinson. Leaving as a Principal Analyst in 1993 he took a similar position at Wood Mackenzie before joining Bloomsbury Mineral Economics in the late-2000s having run his own consulting firm, MetalicaAfter Bloomsbury was acquired by Intierra, and subsequently under SNL, Paul held the positions of Director of Base Metals and Director of Copper. From 2015, Paul operated under his own consulting company, MetalsPlus. 

Friendly and humble both in and out of work, Paul was a passionate road and cross-country runner until well into his ‘60s. 

Paul’s love for nature never left himand the view from his garden pond displays the love and attention he gave to wildlife around him.  

Vita non est vivere, sed valera vita est