Gordon always had an interest in science and in 1963 went to King’s College London to do a degree in physics. He graduated in 1966 and went on to do a PhD in nuclear physics. He then became employed as a research associate and worked in the nuclear physics group in the famous Wheatstone Laboratory at King’s. The group published a number of papers on nuclear scattering and nuclear structure.
After three years at King’s, he decided that he needed a change, so in 1972 he became a research scientist in the Police Scientific Development Branch of the Home Office, where he and his team conducted some of the early, original work on the physical properties of human fingerprints, and on new methods for their detection. He subsequently headed a team working on the automatic identification of fingerprints using computers.
He spent twelve years in the middle of his career in a number of different administrative posts. These ranged from work on nationality legislation, though race relations and mentally disordered offending to central management systems and Sunday trading law.
In his latter years at the Home Office, he was responsible for a group of scientists and engineers working on physical security. That group was based near Horsham, Sussex. During that time he was seconded to an HQ post where he was responsible for policy on police science in England and Wales. This covered the Forensic Science Service, The Police National Computer, police radio communications and forensic pathology. In this post he reported direct to Home Office ministers.
While working on physical security he became a member of the Executive Committee of the International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology. This conference has been meeting annually for 51 years and is the oldest in its field in the world. In 1998 he became secretary to the Executive Committee and is now its chairman. Recent Carnahan Conferences have been held in Medellin, Colombia (2013) Rome (2014), Taipei (2015), Orlando (2016), Madrid (2017), Montreal (2018) and Chennai, India (2019) . This year’s will be at the University of Hertfordshire, England.
Gordon retired in 2003 and soon discovered his latent passion for writing. He then started research for The Harpist of Madrid his debut novel which was published in 2011. He then began a related tale, The Emerald of Burgos. This was published in 2014. His next novel, Expulsion, a prequel to The Harpist of Madrid, was published in 2017. His latest, Return to Madrid, was published last year.
Gordon lives with his wife Janet in Worcester Park, in the London Borough of Sutton. They have two grown up children: Gregory, a computer scientist and engineer and Melanie, an Assistant Head at a school in Croydon.