Gordon Thompson is the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies and a senior research scientist at the George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University. He studied and practiced engineering in Australia, and then received a doctorate in applied mathematics from Oxford University in 1973, for analyses of plasma undergoing thermonuclear fusion. Mr. Thompson has been based in the USA since 1979. His professional interests encompass a range of technical and policy issues related to sustainability and global human security. He has conducted numerous studies on environmental, security, and economic issues related to commercial and military nuclear facilities.