Elected in 1986
“For contributions to the understanding of dielectric, ferroelectric, and ferromagnetic materials applications.”
BY AL ROMIG
AT THE END of last year, the scientific community lost a dear friend and colleague. George Samara died on December 30, 2006. George was an internationally recognized scientist on the use of high pressure for fundamental studies of electronic and structural properties of solid state materials. There were, however, several other sides to George’s life. These involved his scientific contributions to other areas, his administrative skills in management, and finally his personal life. Those of us who had the privilege of working closely with him in any of these endeavors will profoundly miss his quiet leadership, integrity, humility, and willingness to stand up for what he believed in.
Although George was born on December 5, 1936, in the small farming community of Jdeidet Marjayoun in southern Lebanon, his father was a United States citizen. He came to the United States as a 16-year-old, completed high school in Drumright, Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1958. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering in 1962 from the University of Illinois at Urbana. This was under the direction of Professor Harry Drickamer, who was a hard task-master. His thesis work as well as continued collaborations with Drickamer covered a wide range of materials. These included pressure effects on the resistance of metalloids, simple fcc and bcc, II-VI,