Vannevar Bush

1890 - 1974

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Vannevar Bush ( van-NEE-var; March 11, 1890 – June 28, 1974) was an American engineer, inventor and science administrator, who during World War II headed the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD), through which almost all wartime military R&D was carried out, including important developments in radar and the initiation and early administration of the Manhattan Project. He emphasized the importance of scientific research to national security and economic well-being, and was chiefly responsible for the movement that led to the creation of the National Science Foundation. Bush joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1919, and founded the company that became the Raytheon Company in 1922. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vannevar Bush has received more than 2,320,957 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Vannevar Bush is the 46th most popular engineer (up from 77th in 2019), the 1,154th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,794th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Engineer.

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Among engineers, Vannevar Bush ranks 46 out of 389Before him are Howard H. Aiken, Anthony Fokker, Sergey Ilyushin, Marcello Gandini, William John Macquorn Rankine, and Moshe Arens. After him are Lu Ban, John Ambrose Fleming, Arthur Scherbius, Godfrey Hounsfield, Gustaf de Laval, and Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener.

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Among people born in 1890, Vannevar Bush ranks 44Before him are Anthony Fokker, Groucho Marx, Beniamino Gigli, Ronald Fisher, Nikolai Trubetzkoy, and Jacques Ibert. After him are Habibullāh Kalakāni, Viktor Lutze, Moša Pijade, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Li Zongren, and Naum Gabo. Among people deceased in 1974, Vannevar Bush ranks 35Before him are David Alfaro Siqueiros, Patrick Blackett, Fritz Zwicky, Walter Lippmann, Cass Elliot, and Nikolai Kuznetsov. After him are Marcel Pagnol, Franz Jonas, Farid al-Atrash, Hilda Gadea, Walter Brennan, and Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vannevar Bush ranks 1,154 out of 20,380Before him are Jeremy Renner (1971), George Carlin (1937), Vincent Price (1911), Stan Getz (1927), Harrison Schmitt (1935), and Tom Berenger (1949). After him are F. Sherwood Rowland (1927), Ed Lauter (1938), Richard Barthelmess (1895), Jennifer Jones (1919), Gina Haspel (1956), and Richard Winters (1918).

Among ENGINEERS In United States

Among engineers born in United States, Vannevar Bush ranks 5Before him are Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856), Leslie Groves (1896), Jack Kilby (1923), and Howard H. Aiken (1900). After him are Henry Gantt (1861), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), Jack Swigert (1931), Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), J. Walter Christie (1865), Joseph Strauss (1870), and Eugene Stoner (1922).