Anthony Peter “Tony” Buzan (/ˈbuːzən/; born 2 June 1942) is an English author and educational consultant. Buzan popularized the idea of mental literacy and a thinking technique calledmind mapping, earlier used by Leonardo da Vinci and others.Buzan was born inPalmers Green,Enfield,Middlesexand is an alumnus ofKitsilano Secondary SchoolinVancouver. His brother is the academicBarry Buzan. Buzan completed his undergraduate studies at theUniversity of British Columbiaand was a charter student atSimon Fraser Universityin 1965-66 where he spent a year as a graduate student and the inaugural president of the Simon Fraser Student Society.During his time at SFU, Buzan became very involved inMensa.
He is a promoter ofmnemonicsystems andmind mappingtechniques. He launched his own software programme to support mind mapping callediMindMapin December 2006. The Buzan Organisation holds trademarks on the phrase ‘mind map’ in the context of self-improvement educational courses in the UK,the USAand Germany.The trademark does not appear in the records of theCanadian Intellectual Property Office.Following his 1970s seriesUse Your Headfor theBBC, many of his ideas have been set into his series of five books:Use Your Memory,Master Your Memory,Use Your Head,TheSpeed ReadingBookandThe Mind Map Book. He has since authored or co-authored over 100 books that have appeared in 30 languages..
As apopular psychologyauthor, Tony Buzan has written on subjects relating to the brain, “genius quotient (GQ)”,spiritual intelligence, memory, creativity andspeed reading. He is the founder and President of the Brain Foundation (not to be confused with various medical-related bodies with the same name) and also the Brain Trust Charity, theWorld Memory Championshipsand the World Championships of the Brain. He was a co-founder of London’sMind Body Spirit Festivalas well as theMind Sports Olympiad.