Gordon Thomas retired as Head of PSDB's facility at Langhurst, near
Horsham, in February 1993. He was responsible for managing the part
of the Branch that deals with physical security and other corporate
areas of work. Prior to his appointment to this post, Gordon worked
for 11 years as an administrator in the Home Office, working on
subjects as diverse as Sunday trading legislation, mentally disordered
offenders, race relations and Next Steps Agencies. Gordon graduated
fro King's College London in 1966 with a degree in physics and took
his PhD in nuclear physics in 1969. He then worked in nuclear physics
research at the Rutherford Laboratory, Chilton until 1972 when he
joined the Home Office to conduct research and development work
on the detection of fingerprints at scenes of crime. This was followed
by three years running the Automated Fingerprint Recognition project,
the stage which led to the system being used in New Scotland Yard.
Gordon is now a security consultant.