The late George Fix will be remembered as a pioneer in finite element methods, phase field methods and for numerous other contributions to numerical analysis and applied mathematics. He also distinguished himself as the chairman of three mathematics departments.
George had a second concurrent and distinguished career as a practitioner and scientist in the brewing of beer. He was named Homebrewer of the Year in 1981 by the American Homebrewers Association. He wrote two books with his wife, Laurie, An Analysis of Brewing Techniques (Brewers Publications, 2008) and Vienna, Märzen, and Oktoberfest (Brewers Publications, 2008).
In addition, he authored a scientific treatise titled Principles of Brewing Science, which has gone through two editions. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Recognition Award by the Association of Brewers in 1991 and the Ninkasi award by the AHA in 1997, the highest honors bestowed by these organizations at the time.