George was born on December 15, 1946 in Cairo, Egypt, the younger son of Greek Cypriot parents. He obtained his B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1969 from Ain Shams University with First Degree Honors on top of his class. He went on to pursue a M.Sc. in civil engineering in 1970 from California Institute of Technology. He obtained his D.Eng.Sc. in engineering mechanics in 1973 from Columbia University by working with Maciej P. Bieniek. His dissertation was “Large Elasto-Plastic Deformations of Solids.”

From 1973 to 1975, he worked as a Senior Stress Analyst with Nuclear Power Services, Inc. and Ebasco Services Inc. in New York, NY. His academic career began in 1975 when he took an assistant professor position in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Petroleum and Minerals (UPM), currently renamed to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), in...

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