De Bono, Edward F. (19.5.1933-)

Inventor of lateral thinking.

Born in Floriana, de Bono was educated at St Edward's College and the RUM. After graduating in science (1953) and medicine (1956), he went as a Rhodes scholar to Church, where he studied psychology qualifying BA (1952) , MA (1%1), and D.Phil. (1961). He post-graduate specialization at Oxford was in the field of biological system behaviour, and he continued this at Harvard. He also holds a Ph.D. (1963) from Cambridge and Harvard. His interests led himto develop the ideas of self -organizing patterning systems and the invention of the term 'lateral thinking' which is the type of thinking required to cut across patters in order to develop new ideas

Acknowledged as the world authority on creative thinking, de Bono has over 40 publications and books which have been translated into 26 languages.. These include: The Use Of Lateral Thinking (London 1967),THe Thinking Class (London , 1970), Children Solve Problems (Harmondsworth, 1972), Wordpower. An illustrated,dictionary of vital words. (Harmondsworth , 1979), DeBono's Thinking Course (London, 1982) Atlas of Management Thinking (Harmondsworth,1983), Conflicts: A betterway to resolve them (Harmondsworth, 1986) and Handbook for the positive revolution Debono's advice is sought by international coporations. He is theof Cognitive Research Trust and the Centre the Study of Thinking inthe UK and founder of the Edward de Bono School of Thinking in New York. He has also pioneered the teaching of thinking to school children and runs what is the largest programme in the world for the direct teaching of thinking as a curriculum subject in schools. He has made 3 television series, including a BBC 10-part series De Bono,s Thinking Course which was shown on stations throughout the USA.

Debono's has been honoured as officer the National Order of Merit in 1995.

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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