Bernard Gordon: Inventor, Philanthropist and Gordon Center Benefactor


Mr. Bernard Gordon

Bernard Gordon is regarded as one of the world’s preeminent engineers and inventors. He holds over 100 U.S. patents, many more worldwide, related to breakthrough technologies including instant imaging CT scanning, the fetal heart monitor, and digital Doppler radar. He has often been called the “father” of modern analog-to-digital conversion for his many contributions to the communication and medical instrumentation technologies.

He has also spent decades supporting innovation in education. He established the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Engineering Leadership Education and has created Engineering Leadership programs at Tufts University, M.I.T., Northeastern University, The Technion, The Citadel, and the University of California, San Diego, among others.

Bernard Gordon has provided active leadership on a number of boards in the fields of engineering, healthcare, and higher education-including founder and former Chairman of Analogic Corporation, Chairman of Photo Diagnostic Systems, Inc., a founder, Chairman and former CEO of NeuroLogica Corporation and former Chairman of the Lahey Clinic.

Bernard Gordon was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Reagan in 1986, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and has received numerous honorary doctoral degrees.

In 2015, the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, a multidisciplinary research center at the Massachusetts General Hospital, was created with an endowment from the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Foundation in order to develop new medical imaging technologies and train the next generation of researchers and biomedical engineers.