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    Analogic founder donates $5 million to Museum of Science

    The Museum of Science has received a $5 million gift from its top donor to grow its engineering education and outreach programs.

    The gift announced Thursday comes from foundation started by Bernard Gordon and his wife Sophie, who gave the museum a $20 million gift in 2006. Gordon founded Analogic Corp., a billion-dollar tech company based in Peabody, in the 1960s.

    “Our country’s future depends on its ability to motivate and educate engineering leaders,” Gordon said in a statement. “With this gift, my wife and I recognize the Museum’s important work, strengthening engineering as a discipline and encouraging talented young people to become engineers, thus helping to preserve our country’s leadership in innovation.”

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    The museum said it would use the funds to grow new and existing programs meant to engage young people and help teach them engineering skills. By hiring new staff and digitizing certain learning materials, the museum said it could reach more grade schoolers.

    Jack Newsham can be reached at jack.newsham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheNewsHam.