Jeffrey Gordon

Jeffrey Gordon

Founder of the discrete-event approach to simulation modeling
Date of Birth: 17.05.1924
Country: USA

Biography of Jeffrey Gordon

Jeffrey Gordon, the founder of the discrete-event approach to simulation modeling, creator of the GPSS World simulation modeling system, and author of two books, was born in England on May 17, 1924. After moving to the United States in 1955, he began working on modeling at the Westinghouse Corporation. In 1956, he joined Bell Telephone, where he wrote a program for simulating message switching systems. In 1959, he worked on developing automation tools for designing switching systems. In 1960, he transferred to IBM's Advanced Systems Development Division, where he proposed the creation of a system based on the sequential diagram simulator he had developed during his time at Bell Telephone. This work resulted in a program with a user manual that was classified as a secret document dated October 25, 1960, and was named the Gordon Simulator. In 1961, the program was declassified and made available outside of IBM under the name GPSS I. Gordon ended his career at IBM as a consulting systems engineer and a member of the IBM Council. After leaving IBM, he taught at Kean University in New Jersey for several years. Jeffrey Gordon passed away at the age of 65 in Washington and was buried in New Jersey on December 19, 1989.

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