Tony Buzan

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Tony Buzan
Born Anthony Peter Buzan
(1942-06-02) 2 June 1942 (age 72)
Palmers Green, Middlesex

Anthony "Tony" Peter Buzan (/ˈbzən/; born 2 June 1942) is an English author and educational consultant.

Buzan popularized the idea of mental literacy and a thinking technique called Mind Mapping,[1] earlier used by Leonardo da Vinci and others.


Buzan was born in Palmers Green, Enfield, Middlesex. He is an alumnus of Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver, where he was Head Boys' Prefect 1959-60. His brother is the academic Barry Buzan. He is a promoter of mnemonic systems and mind mapping techniques. He launched his own software programme to support mind mapping called iMindMap in December 2006. The Buzan Organisation holds trademarks on the phrase 'mind map' in the context of self-improvement educational courses in the UK,[2] the USA[3] and Germany.[4] The trademark does not appear in the records of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.[5]

Following his 1970s series Use Your Head for the BBC, many of his ideas have been set into his series of five books: Use Your Memory, Master Your Memory, Use Your Head, The Speed Reading Book and The Mind Map Book. He has since authored or co-authored over 100 books that have appeared in 30 languages.[citation needed].

As a popular psychology author, Tony Buzan has written on subjects relating to the brain, "genius quotient (GQ)", spiritual intelligence, memory, creativity and speed reading. He is the founder and President of the Brain Foundation (not to be confused with various medical-related bodies with the same name) and also the Brain Trust Charity, the World Memory Championships[6] and the World Championships of the Brain. He was a co-founder of London's Mind Body Spirit Festival as well as the Mind Sports Olympiad.[7]

Critics have called mind mapping pseudoscience, questioning the existence of evidence supporting the technique and the usefulness of mind mapping.[8]



  1. ^ Mind Mapping ™, Developing your ideas, Information Skills for Researchers
  2. ^ Mind Maps Trademark, UK
  3. ^ Mind Maps Trademark, USA
  4. ^ Mind Maps Trademark, Germany
  5. ^ Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  6. ^ World Memory Championships
  7. ^ About Us, World Memory Sports Council
  8. ^ Pseudoscience and mind mapping, WikIT, the mind mapping wiki

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