Vannevar Bush (1890–1974) with his differential analyzer    Bush joined MIT at age 29 as an electrical engineering professor and led the design of the differential analyzer. During World War II, he chaired the National Defense Research Committee and advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt on scientific matters.

Vannevar Bush's 1945 article "As We May Think" set the stage for post-war science and tech. Bush with his differential analyzer.

The memex is a hypothetical proto-hypertext system described by Vannevar Bush in his 1945 The Atlantic Monthly article As We May Think. It would use microfilm storage, dry photography, and analog computing to give scholars access to an indexed repository of knowledge. Users could create associative trails that would linearly connect the microfilm frames through a chained sequence of links, adding personal comments and side trails. inspired hypertext systems & personal knowledge based…

Memex device described in the seminal 1945 essay, As We May Think by visionary engineer Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush  fully envisioned the World Wide Web 50 years before it actually appeared. Like Babbage's Analytical Engine, it was never built. He called his "web browser" a Memex. The design used electrical wires and microfilm files filling a desk to create the equivalent experience of web surfing - in particular, "hyperlinking" one page of data to another. There are two screens, one for visual display of information, and another - a touch-sensitive pad - for writing and drawing.

Vannevar Bush fully envisioned the World Wide Web 50 years before it actually appeared. Like Babbage's Analytical Engine, it was never built. He called his "web browser" a Memex. The design used electrical wires and microfilm files filling a desk to create the equivalent experience of web surfing - in particular, "hyperlinking" one page of data to another. There are two screens, one for visual display of information, and another - a touch-sensitive pad - for writing and drawing.

Differential Analyzer (1930s). An invention of Vannevar Bush and Harold L. Hazen.

Differential Analyzer An invention of Vannevar Bush and Harold L.

Vannevar Bush (1928) - Conducting Differential Analyses

Vannevar Bush (1928) - Conducting Differential Analyses

Memex: invention of Vannevar Bush 1945; First touchscreen ever!

Memex: invention of Vannevar Bush First touchscreen ever!

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a possible future world in which man-made machines will start to think." Michaël V.

Vannevar Bush's 1945 article "As We May Think" set the stage for post-war science and tech. Bush (1890–1974) with his differential analyzer.

As We May Think

Vannevar Bush's 1945 article "As We May Think" set the stage for post-war science and tech. Bush with his differential analyzer.

Vannevar Bush described most of the computers and networking we use today, in 1945.

As We May Think

Vannevar Bush described most of the computers and networking we use today, in

Dr. Vannevar Bush arranging books on bookshelf. (1947)

Vannevar Bush arranging books on bookshelf.

On March 11, 1890, American engineer, inventor and science administrator Vannevar Bush was born. He is best known as as head of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) during World War II, through which almost all wartime military research and development was carried out, including initiation of the Manhattan Project. In computer science we know Vannevar Bush as the father of the memex, an adjustable microfilm viewer with a structure analogous to that of the World Wide…

10 Obscure Scientists Who Shaped Modern Computing - Today Bush is most often remembered as the author of the incredibly visionary article “As We May Think“, which was condensed and published in 1945 by The Atlantic.

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