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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 1,726,944 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Vannevar Bush is the 81st most popular engineer (up from 84th in 2019), the 1,795th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,822nd in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Engineer.

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Among engineers, Vannevar Bush ranks 81 out of 323Before him are Loránd Eötvös, Adam Czerniaków, Nikolay Zhukovsky, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, Jack Swigert, and Marcel Renault. After him are Józef Bem, Henri Farman, Vasily Degtyaryov, Yuri Kondratyuk, Karl von Terzaghi, and Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev.

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Among people born in 1890, Vannevar Bush ranks 62Before him are Moša Pijade, Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov, Erich Kleiber, Norman Bethune, Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern, and Alfredo Ottaviani. After him are Milunka Savić, Géza Lakatos, Adolf Schärf, Zeki Velidi Togan, Bacha Khan, and Béla Miklós. Among people deceased in 1974, Vannevar Bush ranks 47Before him are Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, James J. Braddock, René Spitz, Creighton Abrams, Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta, and Gino Cervi. After him are Salvador Puig Antich, André Jolivet, Farid al-Atrash, Robert Ludvigovich Bartini, Jan Tschichold, and Lajos Zilahy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vannevar Bush ranks 1,795 out of 18,182Before him are Sammy Davis Jr. (1925), Liv Tyler (1977), Jack Swigert (1931), Lionel Stander (1908), George Wald (1906), and James Tolkan (1931). After him are Pete Sampras (1971), Kate Capshaw (1953), Stevie Nicks (1948), Fred Durst (1970), Billy Dee Williams (1937), and Venus Williams (1980).

Among ENGINEERS In United States

Among engineers born in United States, Vannevar Bush ranks 8Before him are Jack Kilby (1923), Howard H. Aiken (1900), Henry Gantt (1861), Leslie Groves (1896), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), and Jack Swigert (1931). After him are Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), J. Walter Christie (1865), Eugene Stoner (1922), Kelly Johnson (1910), Joseph Strauss (1870), and Gene Kranz (1933).