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 1,395,970 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. Vannevar Bush is the 84th most popular engineer (down from 58th in 2019), the 1,823rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,358th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Engineer.

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Among engineers, Vannevar Bush ranks 84 out of 325Before him are André Courrèges, Harry Nyquist, Viktor Belenko, Stephen Timoshenko, Petrus Peregrinus de Maricourt, and Mikhail Gurevich. After him are Henry Darcy, Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr., Adam Czerniaków, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Moshe Arens, and Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener.

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Among people born in 1890, Vannevar Bush ranks 62Before him are Victor Serge, Max Immelmann, Erich Kleiber, Grigory Kulik, Jaroslav Heyrovský, and Prince Joachim of Prussia. After him are Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov, Géza Lakatos, Jacobus Oud, Konstantin Melnikov, Bechara El Khoury, and Jelly Roll Morton. Among people deceased in 1974, Vannevar Bush ranks 43Before him are Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta, René Spitz, Frank Martin, Creighton Abrams, Cass Elliot, and André Jolivet. After him are Lajos Zilahy, Salvador Puig Antich, Farid al-Atrash, Jan Tschichold, Anatole Litvak, and Bill Finger.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vannevar Bush ranks 1,823 out of 15,968Before him are William F. Sharpe (1934), John Harvey Kellogg (1852), Wolfgang Kapp (1858), Michael Dudikoff (1954), James L. Brooks (1940), and Kim Hunter (1922). After him are Asa Griggs Candler (1851), Don Ameche (1908), Benjamin Spock (1903), Saul Kripke (1940), Thomas A. Steitz (1940), and Jane Jacobs (1916).

Among ENGINEERS In United States

Among engineers born in United States, Vannevar Bush ranks 8Before him are Jack Kilby (1923), Howard H. Aiken (1900), Jack Swigert (1931), Henry Gantt (1861), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), and Leslie Groves (1896). After him are Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), Preston Tucker (1903), J. Walter Christie (1865), Eugene Stoner (1922), Joseph Strauss (1870), and Seymour Cray (1925).