Dr. John A. Franklin, an important figure in the world of rock engineering, passed away on 6 July 2012.
John Franklin served as an officer in the Royal Engineers (1958-1963), before completing his BSc in Civil Engineering, an MSc in Engineering Geology, and a PhD in Rock Mechanics at the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London).
Wayne DeBrusk of Shuniah Twp. near Thunder Bay has donated a wonderful example of stromatolitic limestone, originally from the Eaglehead Lake area north of Thunder Bay. This one was found in a gravel pit. Strom as Wayne calls it is installed in our rock garden.
I wrote my final exam yesterday and a day later I’m still experiencing the euphoria that the exams for term one are over. It is now December 23, 2011 and not only did I make it through my first four months at the University of Waterloo, I made it through successfully. Make no mistake about it; this success did not come easily. It took a great deal of hard work that included studying late into many nights - despite the fact that I felt I was more prepared than most on what to expect during the first term.
While we take for granted bright electric lighting for our vehicles and in our homes, over 100 years ago it was the work of a little-known Canadian inventor which helped pave the way for a type of illumination which outshone electric light.
The light was the bright flame of burning acetylene and the Canadian inventor was Thomas Leopold (“Carbide”) Willson.