cal and Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Executive Committee of the Assembly of Engineering, and Advisory Board of the Office of Mathematical Sciences. He was also an associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Quarterly of Applied Mathematics.
George authored or co-authored more than 110 technical papers on fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, heat transfer, radiation, stochastic systems, oceanography, and mathematical techniques. In these papers and in his consulting work, he made outstanding contributions to the understanding of tsunamis, hurricanes, wave diffraction, and singular-perturbation theory. He also co-authored three books with Carl E. Pearson, Functions of a Complex Variable: Theory and Technique, Ordinary Differential Equations, and Partial Differential Equations.
George had boundless energy, a cheerful nature, and was master of his emotions. He knew how to put a fractious committee at ease with a lighthearted remark. He had no appetite for prestige, position, or wealth. He was unfailingly honest, always did what he thought was right, and was quick to admit when he was wrong or made a mistake. He chose to work on technical problems for their usefulness and for the fun he could have. Despite his extraordinary accomplishments, he managed to remain modest and “human.”
George was also known for his high jinks. On one occasion, he arranged to have the dean of engineering arrested for a parking violation during the annual Christmas party. On another occasion, during a seminar on guided missiles, he and a prestigious MIT professor “arrested” the speaker and carried him out of the room for revealing “classified information.” He was admired as much for his good nature as for his work, and although by his own admission his jokes often deserved only a groan, his humor was affectionate, without malice and contagious.
He loved gardening and building things at his home in Wayland, playing catch with his sons, and dancing with his wife in the living room to a Benny Goodman record. His work habits included watching Perry Mason on TV. A few minutes into the show he would take out a yellow pad of paper and begin writing equations at a furious pace. That way he was able to enjoy Perry