Vannevar Bush

American electrical engineer and science administrator (1890–1974)

Vannevar Bush (/væˈnvɑːr/ van-NEE-var; March 11, 1890 – June 28, 1974) was an American engineer, inventor and science administrator. He is known in engineering for his work on analog computers, for founding Raytheon, and for the memex.

Vannevar Bush
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Vannevar Bush, ca. 1940–44
Born(1890-03-11)March 11, 1890
Everett, Massachusetts, United States
DiedJune 28, 1974(1974-06-28) (aged 84)
Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materTufts College (B.S., M.S., 1913)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (D.Eng., 1916)
Known forNational Science Foundation
Manhattan Project
Differential analyzer
AwardsEdison Medal (1943)
Hoover Medal (1946)
Medal for Merit (1948)
IRI Medal (1949)
John Fritz Medal (1951)
John J. Carty Award (1953)
National Medal of Science (1963)
Atomic Pioneer Award (1970)
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Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Carnegie Institution of Washington
ThesisOscillating-current circuits; an extension of the theory of generalized angular velocities, with applications to the coupled circuit and the artificial transmission line (1916)
Doctoral advisorDugald C. Jackson
Arthur Edwin Kennelly[1]
Notable studentsClaude Shannon
Frederick Terman
InfluencedDouglas Engelbart
Ted Nelson

Bush died of pneumonia in Belmont, Massachusetts, aged 84.


  1. "Vannevar Bush". Computer Science Tree. Retrieved 8 November 2015.

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