Tony Buzan

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Tony Buzan
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BornAnthony Peter Buzan
(1942-06-02) 2 June 1942 (age 76)
Palmers Green, Middlesex

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

Buzan popularised the idea of mental literacy and a thinking technique called mind mapping,[1] inspired by techniques used by Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Joseph D. Novak's "concept mapping" techniques.[2]

Early life[edit]

Buzan was born in Palmers Green, Enfield, Middlesex and is an alumnus of Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver. His brother is the academic Barry Buzan. Buzan completed his undergraduate studies in psychology, English, mathematics and science at the University of British Columbia,[2] and was a charter student at Simon Fraser University in 1965–66 where he spent a year as a graduate student and the inaugural president of the Simon Fraser Student Society.[3] During his time at SFU, Buzan became very involved in Mensa, going on to become editor of the International Journal of Mensa.[2][4]


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 with welsh entrepreneur, Chris Griffiths. The Buzan Organisation holds trademarks on the phrase 'mind map' in the context of self-improvement educational courses in the UK,[5] the USA[6] and Germany.[7] The trademark does not appear in the records of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.[8]

Following his 1970s series Use Your Head for the BBC,[9] many of his ideas have been set into his series of five books: Use Your Memory,[10] Master Your Memory, Use Your Head, The speed reading Book and The Mind Map Book. He has since authored or co-authored over 80 books.[11][12] His five BBC books had, by 2003, sold over 3 million copies.[13]

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[14] 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,[15] and World Brain Day.[11]

In 2011, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and has also been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Economics.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Spore One – Structure in Hyperspace, 25 September 1972, ISBN 0-85115-016-0
  • Use Your Head, January 1974, ISBN 0-563-10790-1
  • Speed Memory, 27 January 1977, ISBN 0-7153-7365-X
  • Make the Most of Your Mind, February 1984, ISBN 0-671-49519-4
  • Speed Reading, 20 May 1971, ISBN 0-7221-2119-9
  • Use Your Perfect Memory, Plume Penguin Group, January 1991, ISBN 0-452-26606-8
  • Use Both Sides of Your Brain, Plume Penguin Group, Jan 1991, ISBN 0-452-26603-3
  • The Mind Map Book, 6 September 1993, ISBN 0-563-36373-8
  • Concordea, December 2006
  • Requiem For Ted, December 2006
  • Use Your Memory, BBC Publications, ISBN 1-4066-1018-6
  • Master Your Memory, BBC Publications, ISBN 1-4066-1022-4
  • The Memory Book, BBC Publications, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4066-4426-5
  • Mind Maps for Business, BBC Publications, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4066-4290-2
  • Brain Training for Kids, Proactive Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-908934-00-0
  • The Most Important Graph in the World, Proactive Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-908934-01-7
  • Modern Mind Mapping for Smarter Thinking e-book, Proactive Press, March 2013


  1. ^ Mind Mapping, Developing your ideas, Information Skills for Researchers
  2. ^ a b c d Corcoran, Leonie (2015) "How Tony Buzan used mind maps to doodle his way to millions", Irish Times, 1 June 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  3. ^ "SFU Student Presidents: Where are they now?". The Peak. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ "We Were Here First". The Peak. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  5. ^ Mind Maps Trademark, UK
  6. ^ Mind Maps Trademark, USA
  7. ^ Mind Maps Trademark, Germany
  8. ^ "Canadian Intellectual Property Office".
  9. ^ Saeed, Saeed (2013) "Tony Buzan on how 'the brain works on images'", The National, 12 March 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  10. ^ Pulson, Barbara (2 July 1986). "Memory Man!". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 30 November 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  11. ^ a b Lantin, Barbara (2000) "Simple - it's all in the mind", Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2000. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  12. ^ O'Kelly, Ita (23 October 2002). "Are you making the most of your brain power?". Irish Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  13. ^ "Internationally renowned best-selling author of mind- and memory- improvement books, Inventor of Mind Map®" (press release), BBC, 4 March 2003. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  14. ^ "A Memorable 26 years for the Mind Sport of Memory – The World Memory Championships". The World Memory Championships.
  15. ^ About WMSC, World Memory Sports Council

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