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Memorial Tributes, Volume 12
During George’s long and distinguished career at Sandia, he recruited the most promising young scientists in the country, and then nominated them for invited talks, honors, and awards, promoting their career development. His interaction and support of these and other collaborating scientists led to worldwide recognition of excellence for various individuals and groups. He also served as a resource, sounding board, and mentor for generations of Sandians, many of whom came to occupy significant leadership positions both at Sandia or elsewhere. George had a unique combination of deep scientific understanding and insight, foresight, friendliness, and personal and organizational leadership abilities. He was widely recognized for his high professional, ethical, and scientific standards that have inspired all who had contact with him.
In addition to overseeing management of these research activities, George took on additional management responsibilities. During the last 13 years of his career, he served as manager of Sandia Laboratory’s Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences core research programs in materials science. He was largely responsible for developing the concept for the DOE Center of Excellence for the Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials, a coordinated, cooperative venture among 12 national laboratories and several industrial and university partners, and he served as its director. In recent years, he was instrumental in developing the joint Sandia/Los Alamos Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), one of five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers. In these efforts, he earned the admiration and respect from his colleagues at the other national laboratories and the materials research community for his unbiased even-handed coordination and leadership. Based on his technical management and leadership, George was awarded the American Chemical Society’s Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Management in 2000.
Finally, a few comments on his personal life, for amazing as his technical accomplishments were, George was much broader—a man for all seasons. In his younger days, he hiked the local New Mexico mountains as well as the midrange of the