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Theodore J. Gordon, USA


Theodore Jay Gordon is a specialist in forecasting methodology, planning, and policy analysis, an entrepreneur, and an inventor. He is co-founder and Board member of The Millennium Project, a global think tank. He performed early research on the Delphi method at RAND Corporation where he was a consultant to their mathematics and policy department and he co-authored the first large scale Delphi study (Gordon and Helmer, 1964). He is one of the co-founders of The Institute for the Future. He also founded the Futures Group (now part of the Palladium Corp) and led it for 20 years. He has been at the forefront of development of forecasting methodology including the development of the Cross Impact Method, Trend Impact Analysis, implications of non linear modeling (chaos) for forecasting, the State of the Future Index (SOFI) (a means for measuring and forecasting the changing outlook of the future), and in the development and application of Real Time Delphi. He is co-author of a new book on counterfactual analysis published in 2019, and another on potential “tripping points” in dealing with terrorism is scheduled for 2020. He was Chief Engineer of the McDonnell Douglas Saturn S-IV (upper stage of the Apollo lunar vehicle) and director of Advanced Space Stations and Planetary Systems. In addition, he is the author of many professional papers and consulting assignments. He was also in charge of the launch of early ballistic missiles and space vehicles from Cape Canaveral. Mr. Gordon holds several patents in space vehicles, acoustics, automated collection of voter judgments and speech recognition. His degrees are in aeronautical engineering from Louisiana State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a pilot and still flies his light sport airplane.

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