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Milton Kanji 1937 -2021

It is with great sadness that the ISRM informs that Prof. Milton Kanji passed away on 12 February 2021 due to Covid-19. He developed intense activity until the day before his hospitalization at the end of December. Prof. Kanji was a Geologist, expert in geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics, with intense academic activity at the University of So Paulo as well as a renowned international consultant.

Prof. Kanji was active in the ISRM at least since 1974, when he was elected VP for South America, and until very recently, as chairman of the Commission on Soft Rocks until 2019 and co-editor of the book "Soft Rock Mechanics and Engineering" published in 2020. Very deservedly, he was appointed a Fellow of the Society in 2013 and in December 2017 he gave an excellent ISRM Online Lecture on "Dam Foundations affected by Geological Aspects". This was one of the topics of his expertise, together with the behaviour of soft rocks and debris flows.

Milton was a frequent participant in the ISRM Symposia, where he will be missed, and kept many friends in our Society, which remember his kindness, his joyful attitude towards life and his immense knowledge.

The thoughts of the ISRM community are with his wife, close family and friends.