Bernard Marshall Gordon

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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."[1]

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.[2]

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.[2][3]

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.[2]

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.[4]

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.[2]

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.[2]

In 2009, Gordon established the Gordon Institute for Engineering Leadership at Northeastern University through a $40 Million grant.[5] 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.[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b c "Bernard M. Gordon - The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership at Northeaster University". Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
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  3. ^ a b c d Ferguson, Laura. "The Inventive Engineer". Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "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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  8. ^ Kenny, Charles C. (1992). Riding the Runaway Horse: The Rise and Decline of Wang Laboratories (1st ed.). Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0316489195. 
  9. ^ Schneider, James G. (1987). The Navy V-12 Program: Leadership for a lifetime (1st ed.). Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0395419328.