Mohamed El Naschie's younger brother Amr Elnashai, sometimes known as "Scorpion300", is the Great Man's most passionate defender. He wrote a piece called "Recollections", which appeared in the Birthday Book and also in a special issue of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals.
Check out this passage:
I decided to pursue an academic career. This was in 1973, the year my name appeared on a paper, with Mohammed, published in the Journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. It remains as the first journal paper on my curriculum vitae, notwithstanding that I do not understand a word in it, I followed in the footsteps of my eldest brother and pursued research in advanced structural engineering.
Does he really list a paper he didn't write and doesn't understand on his CV?
Maybe he's being humorous or ironic; it could be said with a sly wink, meaning that of course he really did coauthor and does understand the paper. But El Naschie is famous for writing nonsense papers. Occam's razor says Amr really doesn't understand the paper, nor does El Naschie or anyone else, because there's nothing to understand.
On the other hand at least some of El Naschie's earliest work seems to be non-crackpot.
To reach a firm conclusion, we'll have to see the paper, or at least an abstract. On Amr's Web page we see no 1973 paper, but he must mean this 1976 one:
Influence of loading behavior on the post buckling of circular rings
El Naschie, M.S. and Elnashai, A.S.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 266-267, 1976.
Background about "Recollections":
- Text from the Birthday Book
- The Birthday Book can be yours
- El Naschie's birthday book
- CSF Volume 25, Issue 4
Background about Amr Elnashai: