Bernard Marshall Gordon
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Father of high-speed analog-to-digital conversion which has been applied to medical, analytical, computer and communications products; founder of two companies with over 2,000 employees and over $100 million in annual sales and creator of a new masters level institute located in Massachusetts to teach engineering leadership and project engineering to engineers.
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Country of BirthUSA
Key ContributionsHigh Speed Analog To Digital Convertors
Awarded byRonald Wilson Reagan
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Areas of ImpactCommunication & Information
Engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bernard Marshall Gordon developed an interest in electronics at an early age. An expert in signal-processing technology, Gordon has received more than 200 patents for a range of devices in the fields of industrial instrumentation, medical imaging, computer systems, aerospace telemetry and communications. Many consider him the father of modern high-speed analog-to-digital conversion.
Gordon’s analog-to-digital converter has been applied to many medical, analytical, computer and communications products, but according to Gordon, it had a humble beginning. “The idea arose in my head, and there was no market. Arthur D. Little in 1955 did a market survey and advised a company not to buy into it because there was a market for only 10 A-to-D converters in the world,” Gordon shared in an interview. “There’s probably ten million a week minimum made today.”
Gordon developed important medical technologies such as an instant image CAT scanning machine, the world’s first solid-state X-Ray machine and a portable imaging system that assists stroke and trauma victims. His inventions have improved medical care and saved thousands of lives.
By Jen Santisi