Bernard Marshall Gordon
- For similarly named people, see Bernard Gordon (disambiguation)
Bernard Marshall Gordon (born in 1927) in Springfield, Massachusetts, American Engineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist. He is considered "the father of high-speed, analog-to-digital conversion."
At an early age he developed an interest in electronics. Upon graduation from Springfield’s Technical High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and later became a commissioned officer. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology via the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program and the GI Bill.
In 1947, Gordon began his technical career at Philco Corporation and later joined the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of the standard circuits, acoustic memory, supervisory control, and input/output circuits of the first commercial computer, UNIVAC I.
In 1953, Gordon and Joseph H. Davishe co-founded EPSCO, Inc where he developed the first high-precision, high-speed, analog-to-digital converters; the first music and video digitization systems; and the first fetal monitoring system.
In 1963, he founded Gordon Engineering, which later evolved into Analogic Corporation where he and the teams of engineers he led conceived and developed the first digital waveform analyzing and computing instrumentation; “instant imaging” Computed Tomography (CT) system; portable, mobile CT scanner; and the first three-dimensional, multi-slice, dual-energy explosive detection CT system, among many other pioneering products.
In 1967, Gordon Engineering became Analogic Corporation and at various times served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, Executive Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. He retired from the company's Board of Directors in 2009.
In 2002, he established The Gordon Center for systems engineering as part of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Its acclaimed post-graduate program (Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering) had produced hundreds of graduates to the growing market.
In 2004, after leaving Analogic, he co-founded NeuroLogica Corporation of Danvers, Massachusetts, where he served and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. Its first project was a portable imaging system, for neurological scanning applications, which would assist stroke and trauma victims.
In 2009, Gordon established the Gordon Institute for Engineering Leadership at Northeastern University through a $40 Million grant. The institute's mission is to identify candidates pursue Engineering leadership skills as part of a Master of Science degree in a range of engineering disciplines or as a standalone Certificate in Engineering Leadership.
Awards and honors
- 1971 - Outstanding Living Engineer Award from the Engineering Societies of New England.
- 1972 - Elected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow
- 1985 - Received an Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University in Salem, MA.
- 1986 - Received the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan.
- 1991 - Elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
- 1992 - Received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Innovation in Engineering and Technology from the Franklin Institute.
- Gordon, Bernard (14 October 1981). "Education for electronics leadership". EDN (UBM Canon). ISSN 0012-7515. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Gordon, Bernard M. (28 August 1984). "Keynote Presentation: What Is an Engineer?" (PDF). European Society for Engineering Education - Annual Conference. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- US 6252531, Gordon, Bernard M.; Hans Weedon & Louis R. Poulo et al., "Data acquisition system using delta-sigma analog-to-digital signal converters", published 26 June 2001
- US 6256404, Gordon, Bernard M.; Eric M. Bailey & David A. Schafer et al., "Computed tomography scanning apparatus and method using adaptive reconstruction window", published 2 July 2001
- US 6657571, Gordon, Bernard M.; Hans Weedon & Louis R. Poulo et al., "Data acquisition system using delta-sigma analog-to-digital signal converters", published 2 December 2003
- U.S. Patent 6,188,745 CT scanner comprising a spatially encoded detector array arrangement and method
- U.S. Patent 6,067,342 Digital filmless X-ray projection imaging system and method
- U.S. Patent RE36,099 X-ray tomography apparatus
- U.S. Patent 5,867,553 Computed tomography scanner with reduced power x-ray source
- U.S. Patent 5,841,828 Self-calibrating ring suppression filter for use in computed tomography systems
- U.S. Patent 5,818,897 Quadrature transverse CT detection system
- U.S. Patent 5,808,376 Method of and apparatus for power management and distribution in a medical imaging system
- U.S. Patent 5,796,802 Multiple angle pre-screening tomographic systems and methods
- U.S. Patent 5,768,331 X-ray tomography system for and method of improving the quality of a scanned image
- U.S. Patent 5,745,542 Ring suppression filter for use in computed tomography systems
- U.S. Patent 5,661,774 Dual energy power supply
- U.S. Patent 5,577,026 Apparatus for transferring data to and from a moving device
- U.S. Patent 5,432,339 Apparatus for and method of measuring geometric, positional and kinematic parameters of a rotating device having a plurality of interval markers
- U.S. Patent RE34,379 X-ray tomography apparatus
- U.S. Patent 5,109,397 X-ray tomography apparatus with lateral movement compensation
- U.S. Patent 4,928,283 X-ray tomography apparatus
- U.S. Patent 4,801,851 Oscilloscope memory control
- U.S. Patent 4,758,963 Modular computing oscilloscope with high speed signal memory
- U.S. Patent 4,677,554 Tomography data acquisition system with variable sampling rate and/or conversion resolution of detector output signals
- U.S. Patent 4,569,028 Adaptive digitizer circuit for information processing system
- U.S. Patent 4,547,893 Continuous wave fan beam tomography system having a best-estimating filter
- U.S. Patent 4,350,974 Logarithmic analog-to-digital converter
- U.S. Patent 4,152,659 Low noise differential amplifier
- U.S. Patent 4,142,185 Logarithmic analog-to-digital converter
- U.S. Patent 4,135,247 Tomography signal processing system
- U.S. Patent 4,008,405 Motion detection circuit for electronic weighing system
- U.S. Patent 4,002,964 Temperature compensation technique
- "Bernard M. Gordon - The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership at Northeaster University". Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Ferguson, Laura. "The Inventive Engineer". Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- "Analogic Announces the Retirement of Bernard Gordon From the Company's Board of Directors" (Press release). Analogic Corporation. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
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