Augusta Awards 2013
The selection panel representing the Old Boys’ Association and the School considered 24 nominees in selecting this year’s Augusta Award recipients. Members of the Grammar community are invited to submit names and details of Old Boys whom they deem worthy of such an award. The Augusta Awards Honours Board can be viewed in the Heritage Room of the Library.
Dr Raoul N Franklin ‘48
One of the world’s leading researchers in plasma physics, Professor Franklin was a top scholar at Grammar, winning a number of prizes in 6A, including the Tibbs Memorial, Hayes Prize and Eric Astley Award.
After achieving undergraduate and graduate university degrees in New Zealand, he went on to Oxford University to complete MA, DPhil and DSc degrees. He published his major work, ‘Plasma Phenomena in Gas Discharges,’ in 1976 and to this day publishes many papers of international significance.
A former Vice-Chancellor of The City University in London, form 1978 until his retirement 20 years later, Professor Franklin is still very active in the field of academia. He recently was Chairman of the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), the largest examining body at the school and college level in the UK. In 1981, Professor Franklin was appointed Freeman of the City of London, for his contribution to higher education, he received a CBE in 1995 and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland in 2004.
Greer Twiss ‘52
World-class sculptor Greer Twiss was one of the first artists in New Zealand to work in cast bronze and has since become of the country’s most prominent and respected artists and teachers.
Greer has exhibited internationally for over 50 years and his sculpture is included in major public and many private collections as well. He works in a number of media, including lead and sheet galvinised iron, but is best known for his tactile bronzes. Bronze casting had seldom been undertaken by artists when Greer began, and that necessitated setting up his own foundry.
He was made an ONZM for Sculpture in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2002 and received an Arts Foundation Icon Award in 2011. The Icon Awards are limited to a living circle of 20 stellar NZ artists and are the Arts Foundation’s highest honour.
Greer’s sons Toby ’82 and Jacob ’85 both attended Grammar; Toby is a bronze and ceramic sculptor and Jacob a pediatric specialist.
Professor Alan Comrie Kirkness ‘54
An internationally respected New Zealand German Scholar, Professor Alan Kirkness played a key role in the discovery of nine previously lost books by the Brothers Grimm. The hand-annotated volumes of the incomplete German dictionary had been missing since WW2.
Having been Dux of Grammar in 1958, Professor Kirkness graduated from the University of Auckland in 1962 with a 1st Class MA in German and French and went on to study at Universitat Zurich and then The Queens College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Now Emeritus Professor of Applied Languages at the University of Auckland, Professor Kirkness’ research interests and publications focus on German, English and aspects of French lexicology. His recent work has largely concentrated on the lexicographers and storytellers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and the development of their German Dictionary.
Professor Kirkness’ son Robert ’93 was Head Prefect and now works in France.