Andrew Mackenzie is one of the world's most influential applied earth scientists.He made seminal contributions to geochemistry in his early career, especially in relation to the formation of oil.The Samarco mining disaster has halved the pay packet of BHP Billiton chief executive Andrew Mackenzie.

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BHP also confirmed it's continuing to fight the Australia Tax Office over a billion dollar bill.

The chief executive of mining giant BHP Billiton had a pay cut of more than 50 per cent in the 2016 financial year on the back of the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil.

He is also leading the way in developing surface-sensitive spectroscopies as future high precision probes of the correlated systems and as part of the long-term quest to see them used in a new generation of quantum electronics.

Mackenzie is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the American Physical Society, and Director and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society.

The news came as BHP revealed it planned to contest a massive A$1bn (£582m) tax bill from the Australian Taxation over the price at which it sold commodities to its Singapore-based marketing business over more than a decade.

Andrew is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in providing contentious construction, insurance and energy law advice, with a particular focus on international arbitration.grew up in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and was educated at the University of St Andrews where he graduated with a first class bachelor's degree in Geology in 1977.He went on to study at the University of Bristol where he was awarded a Ph D in Organic Chemistry in 1981.“BHP Billiton is committed to doing the right thing to help those affected recover and to work closely with our joint venture partner, Vale, and the operator, Samarco, to achieve this,” Mr Mackenzie said in a note to shareholders.Almost a year after the spill at the Samarco mine, owned jointly by BHP and Brazilian miner Vale, there is still no date for restarting operations, complicating attempts to restructure Samarco’s debt and increasing the possibility the miner may be allowed to run out of money.In 1994 he moved to Phillips to work alongside Brian Koetser in the Old Master Paintings Department.