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A Brief History of G.Y. Land   

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 Derived from Marquis "Who’s Who in American Sciences"

Publication: Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

Revised May 2021

This is only a very short Biography. For the more interested person there exist a very interesting book-long Biography at Request only.

 This is only a very short Biography. For the more interested person  there exist  an updated and  book- long Biography at Request.

G.Y. Land, AIAA - Former Professor at G.A.K Academy, Accra, GA, West-Africa

 

G.Y. Land© in 1990 Photo Leica Studio Sydney RMP© 1990

Gordon Yarden Land© was born in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, and lived in Germany during World War 2. His mother the Jewess Sophie Henrietta Land was of Bohemian - Jewish origin. In the 19th Century, most of Gordon's Bohemian family had migrated to the UK and the USA. G.Y. Land is a Nephew of Edwin Herbert Land (1909-1991) the inventor of Polaroid and other optical products. Land lost his entire family when he was three days old as to the Nazi prosecutions of Jews and racism. As an orphan for four years, he was adopted by a French-Dutch family and lived in Europe in a multicultural and multilingual family.

After passing his HSC and a Bachelor of Commerce degree Gordon Land worked within the Management Sector of Philips Head Office and moved  later on to General Electric. His love was sciences and especially astrophysics. Gordon Land furthered himself by undertaking studies at the University of Strasbourg, France and Basel, Switzerland in physics and his hobby linguistics.


Being a devoted naturalist during his studies Gordon Land became a close associate of Dr Schnitzer and Professor Kolath being involved in the "Mönchweiler Aktion" Arbeitskreis Gesundheitskunde, St. Georgen, Black Forest, Germany. He worked within the International Society of Research of Civilisation Disease and Vital Substances. At the time he began to “fight” against pollution of water and forests as well as the de-naturalisation in the field of nutrition. In research Gordon Land then began to specialise in the extraction process of biologically active substances from archegoniate plants.

In 1976 Gordon Y. Land migrated to Australia. Shortly after his arrival in Australia, Mr Land worked within the management hierarchy of Estee Lauder, Sydney. He was later employed, in the Head Office of Christian Dior, Paris-Sydney, and Ella Bache, Paris-Sydney as Manager in Charge of all of the Dior and Bache Retail Concessions within the Australian exclusive department store chains. Gordon Land was also in charge of the training of the Group’s personnel.

While working in these companies, Gordon Land produced and hosted countless national television and radio programs, often very critical, concerning cosmetics, health care products and beauty treatments. His scientific knowledge about lasers and the dangers in their application made him a well-known authority. From this time on, Gordon Land became involved in the prohibition of lasers and electro-physical treatments by unqualified practitioners. In this Gordon, Land was greatly supported by Professor McCarthy of Sydney University, Professor of Electro-Physical Medicine. Through his expertise, he developed a close working relationship with the AWA Radio Network where Gordon Land wrote, produced and presented a daily program "Looking Good" thus extending his public image Australia wide and internationally. Gordon Land being a scientist never liked anything superficial such as the beauty and fashion industries. He used these industries as a job for earning excellent money and gaining wide publicity something that sciences could never offer.

After he had a good chance to return to more meaningful things in life G.Y. Land returned to his chosen and loved the field of sciences especially computer sciences being at the time a part of the physics faculties. He was appointed General Manager (CEO) of MDS a leading New York (Herkimer, N.Y. ) computer manufacturer specialising in computers for satellite, missile tracking, and data entry. Later Gordon Y. Land joined the management of the Gestetner organisation as head of the entire computer and peripherals division in manufacturing and distribution of Gestetner later Lexmark products. These appointments made it possible for G.Y. Land to finance his research in astronomy and the development of the first Super Multi-Array Radio Telescope as well as optical instruments. He successfully produced laser and image intensifying instruments designed for science and military applications. For his outstanding work, he was honoured with the memberships of various prestigious Astronomical Societies. For his research, he was awarded the senior membership of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Besides his main work, G.Y. Land broadcasted a weekly science program for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC - the official national broadcaster for Australia). To this day, he displays a deep understanding, love of research, and lecturing on the M42 and the M43 in the Trapezium of the Orion Nebular.


 


1989 living and lecturing in Hobart, Tasmania, G.Y. Land was honoured to introduce the first Space Science Stamps by Australia Post. At the time he commuted often to Sydney and had to stay in hotel accommodation. After a serious accident in a hotel lift G.Y. Land received a HCV contaminated blood transfusion manufactured by the Commonwealth Serums Laboratory and became violently ill. This infection changed his entire life and especially his work. Ever since he was disabled and had to retire from most of his work. He never gave in to his illness and still lectured at various institutions. At times his students thought as to his poor health he would not see the end of the lecture they attended. Land is a fighter and believes in “tough times never last but tough people do”. Under the care and kind attention of Professor John Dwyer, Sydney University, former Chair of Infectious Diseases and Head of the Prince of Wales Hospital Sydney, his condition was still considered life-threatening, but stable enough to go back to writing, some lecturing, and broadcasting which always was and is his favourite work. Since 1950 he was involved in children's radio broadcasting with only 10 years of age  and he did national TV programs when he was a teenager of 16 years.

During the  serious illness G.Y. Land devote all of his time to writing, producing and hosting the “The German Hour©”, which went to air via satellite to the 360 radio stations of the CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia), and broadcasting to radio stations in Australia, South Africa, Germany, and many other countries. Bedridden G.Y. Land produced and hosted 127 episodes of “The German Hour”. Finally, in appreciation of his work, the Goethe Institute (Das Goethe Institut) ordered the entire collection of “The German Hour” for their international libraries, the programs went to air in Berlin, Germany, and all over the world.


During this stage of his life G.Y. Land founded a Community based Organisation, named Community Radio and Media Productions© later called Radio and Media Productions (RMP) with a weekly broadcast entitled “ComputerTalk©”. This topic was an editorial for and about the computer industry. These editorials appeared in the print and broadcasting media. ComputerTalk and the German Hour went to air via satellite to 360 radio stations in Australia, China, India, South Africa, and South America.


Anticipating the emergence of the World Wide Web and the Internet as a base for broadcasting worldwide, Gordon Y. Land started a daily editorial on the website of Radio and Media Productions. The program was called ComputerTalk©. This was one of the first-ever daily editorials on the Internet specialising in computers and the computer industry. The program was highly appreciated by the industry and loved by the consumers.


Land tried not only alphanumeric broadcasts on the Internet, but also experimented with live broadcasts. This happened with the help of Apple Computers Inc. and the cooperation of the advanced computer lecturers at the Australian National University (ANU) Canberra, Australia. The first broadcast contained life transmissions and interviews with the Chief Executive Officers of IBM, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Apple and other companies. This was the first-ever event of life broadcast, later also canned recordings, and pioneering on the Internet.

As the quality of sound transmission on the net improved and IBM and other computer developers started to become sound aware G.Y. Land developed a new computer medium called MusicTalk© with the support by Deutsche Grammophon, PolyGram's (Universal) and their large repertoire of Music in Classics, Jazz and Pop. MusicTalk© was the first-ever full music program on the Internet. Jochen Stossberg the director of Universal Records (Philips) Classics and Jazz kindly supported MusicTalk©.

In the early stages of the Internet development, nobody took G.Y. Land and his web broadcasts seriously as the sound quality of the low bandwidth was just as the beginnings of AM radio. His colleagues smiled about him. Years later, the large corporations began producing Internet broadcasts and today it has overtaken the on air radio broadcasts. The Internet unfortunately became commercialised and G.Y. Land has been left behind and is forgotten, for he had never patented his work. He saw his work and idea as an Internet contribution and pioneer effort. Gordon Y, Land developed advanced Algorithms to successfully improve music transmission on the Internet without abusing the limited bandwidth. Today the sound quality is better than Stereo-FM and DVD. Programs are streamed around the world in excellent quality. Gordon's ideas have made enormous profits for many companies.

Most of his radio programs were written and broadcasted while G.Y. Land was gravely ill in bed, recorded on tape, digital media and broadcasts have been transmitted via a dedicated Telstra telephone landline. However, this is past and a matter he prefers not to talk about. At the time he still did not want to give in to his medical condition. Fortunately, modern medicine has developed medications against critical viral diseases and as always in his live miracles happened during the last minute. Gilead pharmaceuticals developed Harvoni a antiviral drug and Gordon was selected as a test person. The medication was astronomically expensive. In 2016 the price for only 80 Harvoni tablets was A$80Thousand as a cure against his illness. The medication was successful and Gordon is now slowly recovering.

Nowadays, G.Y. Land works on refining and extending his existing sound algorithms to better the sound so profoundly that even today's best recording qualities are exceeded. Nevertheless, Gordon Y. Land will not provide third parties with his algorithms or extended developments for sound applications.

On the commercial side of things: Prof. G.Y. Land and Mark Allan Hannah his adopted son and now  Dr Mark Hannah, Lecturer at London University, UK owned the world-famous Minox Company, specialising in ultra-miniature special cameras and optical equipment for Government, National Security, Military and Police Forces, Sciences, Medical and for private applications. The purchase was a chance matter unfortunately with a huge financial loss. Minox in Germany was sold to Leica (Leitz). Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar, Germany, the inventors of the 35mm photo cameras developed by Prof. Barnack (1913). Forgotten as Edwin Herbert Land, Polaroid, and G.Y. Land with this archegoniate and his technical developments.

G.Y. Land’s hobbies include Computers, Science, Optics, Photography and playing music, Not to be forgotten physics as this runs in the family. There is also his semi-professional hobby of Alpaca and Ultra Fine Merino Sheep Farming on his Hillcrest and Herbertleigh farms in the Southern Tablelands of NSW near Goulburn. Unfortunately, he sold the farms. During his heydays, he collected exclusive Cars, Swiss Watches, famous Paintings, and antique Persian Tribal Rugs.

In younger years and living in Switzerland he took part in car racing: Maserati Sebring Sports Cars. Gordon Land’s best car ever was his stunning, rare, long wheel based Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Mulliner Park Ward. He loved his Porsche 925 SE, followed by the only Mercedes Benz 500 SL in Australia. Up to migrating to Australia in the 1970ths, he held a Pilot's License licensed for some types of planes from brands as Cessna, Pipers, and his beloved Twin Bonanza and the very speedy Tripacer. He was a flying enthusiast par excellence and he often smiles talking about his flying instructor Major Althoff a fearless former war and acrobatic flying icon. He often took his new students for the flight of their life and had the greatest fun to scare them to death. However, Major. Althoff regardless of his former political viewpoint was the best of the best flying instructors money could buy. As to G.Y.'s illness his flying time is over and the four wheels are the only ways to travel.

 

Below you find some of G.Y. Land's beloved cars with their relevant Registration Number Plates

 

   

         G.Y. Land's former Maserati 3500 GT Superlegera.  Only 29 of this model have been built  - Engine of the Genuine GT 6 cylinder double ignition. Photo RMP © 1968-2022

Registration Gordon Land BS 579 Switzerland Basel-Stadt 1968

 

The Legendary Rolls Royce Mulliner-Park-Ward Silver Shadow G.Y. Land's most loved Car. Photo RMP © 2000-2022

Registration Gordon Land NSW CFA-120

 

G.Y. Land his Rhodesian Ridgeback, and his exceptional Porsche 928 SE Photo RMP © 2000-2022

Registration Gordon Land NSW  AUL-26X

 

       

G.Y. Land's Mercedes 500SL (Hardtop taken off  Cabriolet installed) the only one in Australia Photo RMP © 2000-2022

Registration Gordon Land ACT YCF-01U

 

During the last 8 years Gordon Land© drives a superb special-edition eight cylinder LEXUS LS 430 S manufactured in a very low number. This is the second LEXUS LS 430 S and it is the best unsurpassed quality car he ever had. The car has a very low height and it is more a sports car than a limo.

 

Lexus 430SE Special Edition- Photo RMP © 2018-2022  

Registration ACT YLQ-18J

 

Here are some of the Highlights of G.Y.'s Life in pictures.

 

As mentioned above for some years, Gordon Land lived at his historic Hillcrest and HerbertLeigh Sheep and Alpaca Farms© (founded in 1862) in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Hillcrest and HerbertLeigh Farms when built were set out among some of the most beautiful scenery of the area, the farms, to this day, afford sweeping views of the surrounding valleys and mist clouded hills running creeks and deep green Australian Forests.

 

Alpacas at Hillcrest-HerbertLeigh Farms Windellama, Goulbourn, NSW, Photo RMP © 2000-2022

 

 Ramsey the famous Ram from Film-TV- and Newspaper Photo RMP © 2000-2022

Ramsey was G.Y. Land's best friend before Ramsey The Ram was murdered in 2007 by a madman.

 

 Sammy the multi Royal Easter Show Supreme Champion loved G.Y. Land Photo RMP © 2000-2022

Sammy and Ramsey  were murdered in 2007 by a madman.

 

In the year 2001, he sold Hillcrest and Herbert-Leigh Farms. Land moved with his animal companions to his property close to the Snowy River in the spectacular Snowy Mountains - the Australian Alps, “The Rooftop of Australia”. His house at Lake Eucumbene was a unique retried of natural beauty and wildlife at the largest man made lake in the Southern Hemisphere the Snowy Mountain Hydro.

 

Left Hammond Flagship Elegante +2 Leslie Cabinets - Bose Sound System - Middle Background Steinway Grand 9" - Digital Recording Studio - Right Neupert Harpsichord 9" the only one in Australia

Lounge Room at 'Caviar House' Cooma, former Residence 2005 by G.Y. Land Photo RMP© 2005-2022

 

 

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" Caviar House " Entrance View, former Residence of G.Y. Land in the Snowy Mountains  and Snowy River Australian Alps. Photo RMP © 2000-2022

 

G.Y. Land and his Hammond Flagship 'Elegante'  Photo RMP©1982-2022

 

What happened later? More to read about in his extended version of the Biography and his Book.

Some of it you can read below.

 


In February 2004, Land moved to West Africa and became Professor and Administrator at the GAK Academy for Computer Sciences and Administration at Accra. He later called  this step one of the most foolish decisions he ever made. At the time he did not realise the danger of the politically tumultuous status of West Africa with its serious racism against white people, their different religions and lifestyles. This nearly cost him his life as he was prosecuted by the military for his outspokenness against corrupt politicians and presidents. Penniless and gravely ill he returned to Australia where he spent many months under the care of the Canberra Hospital at the Australian Capital Territory.

G.Y. Land is currently writing a book about his life: his beginning, the loss of his family and his often-remarkable life that touched so many famous personalities of the performing arts, theology, politics and sciences and also of people of any race and standing. Under a pseudonym, G.Y. Land is a writer of Murder Mysteries. In sciences, he is deeply involved in research on Anti Gravity Propulsion, one of his favourite subjects. He follows into the steps of Nikola Tesla his idol and favourite scientist and human. Since 1978 on and off, Gordon Land is a member of the world oldest radio organisation the Wireless Institute of Australia. He always wanted to make his HAM Radio License but being always abroad there was never time to learn all this high technological stuff. He learned and won the government broadcasting license by passing 100% in practical and 98% in theory, not a bad achievement for his age. His call sign is VK1GYL.

 

 
 

 

My Hairy Animal Companions

 

   

 

 

                                                                                       Mr Grizzly Bear © 2012-2016    Ragnar © 2012-2020    Sascha  Photo RMP © 2014 and Harley new in 2021

 

 


Canberra is not a place to make friends. He always disliked Canberra as it is a city without character and history. He stated that he can live without Canberra but has to live in the ACT. The radio amateurs are just as unfriendly as the climate is in Canberra. He is a member of the worldwide eldest radio club the Amateur Radio Club of NSW (ARNSW) and enjoys their fellowship. He is involved with broadcasts to the ISS (International Space Station) and specialises in designing and building of antennae for radio and satellite reception and broadcast.

Gordon Land does not allow any photos to be taken. Here are two very rare shots taken during lecturing and during studio recordings. The left photo shows G.Y. Land during lectures at G.A.K. Academy at Accra-Adenta-West Africa. The right photo shows the "retired" Gordon Y. Land during a broadcast to radio amateurs at the city of Cali in Columbia, South America via his beloved amateur radio station call-sign VK1GYL. He is often "On the Air" speaking worldwide and in space via satellite to other radio amateurs living in the most spectacular places. He also loves to edit and record new episodes of LifeStyle. He states that with about 80 years of age life only just begins. In his old age, he likes to follow his friend Johannes Heesters 108 and working up to his last day in the life, smoking every day a big cigar and drinking a glass of red wine. G.Y. Land never smoked nor did he drink alcohol and he is a 99% vegetarian. He always jokes that because of this lifestyle he expects his life to extend up to at least 115 years of age. He says that many LifeStyle, QSOs, and TV programs on Skype are still to come.

 

 

                                                            

      2008 Prof. G.Y. Land©  lecturing in West Africa                                        2017 in the Studio                                                              2018 Preparing in Studio (Photo Master Pech, Berlin)

Canon EOS 1D/5 Photo RMP ©  2008-2022

 

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