George Edward Bell Frood, son of Reverend Bryce Frood, a Scottish cleric, and his wife Agnes Bell, qualified as Master of Arts (MA) and was a member of the (British) Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. From 1892 to 1898 he was employed in the civil service of the South African Republic (Transvaal) in connection with the mining industry. After the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) he was appointed in June 1903 as inspector of mines for the southern division of the Orange River Colony (now the Free State). In December 1911, following the creation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, he was appointed deputy inspector of mines for the Free State, stationed in Bloemfontein. By 1917 he was acting inspector of mines for the Free State and from October 1912 acting assistant head of the Mines Department for the Free State.
Frood contributed a "Memorandum on the asbestos industry in the Cape Colony" to the Annual Report of the Government Mining Engineer for 1915 (pp. 76-82) and, with T.G. Trevor*, an article on "Diamonds" to the Official Yearbook of the Union of South Africa (Pretoria, 1918). He and A.L. Hall* wrote The nitrate occurrences in the districts of Prieska and Hay, Cape Province (Geological Survey, Memoir No. 14, 1919, 51 pp).
Frood became a member of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science in 1916.