Ross Large is Professor of Geology and the Director of CODES at the University of Tasmania. He received his BSc (Hons) from UTAS in 1969, and PhD from University of New England in 1974 under the supervision of Richard Stanton. For thirteen years Ross worked in mineral exploration for Geopeko Ltd., exploring for IOCG, VHMS and carbonate replacement deposits. In 1983 he left the mineral exploration industry to accept a lecturing position at the University of Tasmania. In 1989 Ross established CODES — jointly funded by the Australian Research Council, UTAS, the Mining Industry and State Government. Since then CODES has become recognised as one of the top ore deposit research centres in the world. Ross received the Lindgren Award from the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) in 1983, the Presidents Award from the AusIMM in 1989, was the SEG Distinguished lecturer in 1998, was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1999, and was awarded the Haddon King Medal in 2005 by the Australian Academy of Science. Ross was President of the SEG in 2004.
Ross is internationally recognised for his research on the genesis of, and exploration for, stratiform sulfide deposits of Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag-Au in volcanic arcs and sedimentary basins.