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A Tribute to John Franklin, 1940-2012

Professor John Franklin passed away on 6 July, after a prolonged illness that he fought with unparalleled strength and courage. Those who attended the ISRM Congress in Beijing, last October, where John received his Fellowship of the ISRM, can confirm his perseverance and dedication to our Society until the limit of his capacities.

For the Geo-engineering community and for the ISRM in particular this is a very sad moment. Geo-engineering at large is poorer today. John Franklin was a top scientist, a successful practitioner, a strong leader and a marvellous person. Those who had the privilege to know him will never forget his dedication, his capacity to motivate people, his brilliant mind and his insurmountable capacity to discover new research themes, or new working methods. He was and will remain a guide for younger generations.

Of his lifetime accomplishments, he was most proud of his association with the ISRM. He served as ISRM President (1987-1991) and Chairman of the ISRM Commissions on Testing Methods (1975-1987) and Education (1991-1995). Among his uncountable contributions to our Society, John has organised and directed the preparation of most of the ISRM "Suggested Methods" for rock testing.

At this time our thoughts are with his wife Kersty and his close family and friends.

Xia-Ting Feng
ISRM President