Professor John Franklin passed away on 6 July, after a prolonged illness. Geo-engineering at large is poorer today. John served as ISRM President ( 1987-1991) and Chairman of the ISRM Commissions on Testing Methods (1975-1987) and Education (1991-1995).
The book "Hydrogeology for Rock Engineers" by Gunnar Gustafson, originaly written in Swedish, was translated in to English and published by BeFo, with ISRM sponsorship. The book can be purchased from BeFo.