Vannevar Bush “ The Godfather of Information Science”
Early Life <ul><li>New England seafaring family </li></ul><ul><li>Father rejected Methodism and became Unitarian minister ...
Educational Background <ul><li>B.S. and M.S. from Tufts (1913) </li></ul><ul><li>PhD jointly from Harvard and MIT (1916) <...
Professional Positions <ul><li>Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Tufts </li></ul><ul><li>Associate and full P...
Professional Positions (cont.) <ul><li>Co-founded Raytheon with Charles G. Smith </li></ul><ul><li>President of Carnegie I...
Recognized for: <ul><li>As head of OSRD, coordinated Manhattan Project to develop atomic bomb </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific...
Contributions to the field: <ul><li>Developed the “differential analyzer” while at MIT  - the first analog computer to pro...
Major Writings / Works: <ul><li>Authored numerous books and articles </li></ul><ul><li>Most significant work was published...
“As We May Think” <ul><li>Imagined a machine called the memex </li></ul><ul><li>Memex would act not only as a repository f...
Luminary Figure <ul><li>Foretold man’s future need to harness and control information beyond simple indexes </li></ul><ul>...
References <ul><li>Bush, V. (1999, January). As we may think.  Library Computing,  18(3), 180-188. Retrieved May 19, 2009 ...
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Vannevar Bush

  1. 1. Vannevar Bush “ The Godfather of Information Science”
  2. 2. Early Life <ul><li>New England seafaring family </li></ul><ul><li>Father rejected Methodism and became Unitarian minister </li></ul><ul><li>Learned to sail </li></ul><ul><li>Loved to tinker </li></ul>
  3. 3. Educational Background <ul><li>B.S. and M.S. from Tufts (1913) </li></ul><ul><li>PhD jointly from Harvard and MIT (1916) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Professional Positions <ul><li>Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Tufts </li></ul><ul><li>Associate and full Professor of Power Transmission, MIT </li></ul><ul><li>Vice President and Dean of MIT School of Engineering </li></ul>
  5. 5. Professional Positions (cont.) <ul><li>Co-founded Raytheon with Charles G. Smith </li></ul><ul><li>President of Carnegie Institution of Washington (1939) </li></ul><ul><li>Helped to establish and headed U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) </li></ul><ul><li>Director, AT&T </li></ul><ul><li>Served on Board of Directors, Merck </li></ul>
  6. 6. Recognized for: <ul><li>As head of OSRD, coordinated Manhattan Project to develop atomic bomb </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific advisor to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman </li></ul><ul><li>Championed against McCarthy-era security investigations and rose to defend fellow Manhattan Project scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer </li></ul>
  7. 7. Contributions to the field: <ul><li>Developed the “differential analyzer” while at MIT - the first analog computer to process complex differential equations to further scientific research </li></ul><ul><li>Patented numerous inventions and achieved many scientific breakthroughs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Major Writings / Works: <ul><li>Authored numerous books and articles </li></ul><ul><li>Most significant work was published in The Atlantic in 1945 entitled, “As We May Think” </li></ul>
  9. 9. “As We May Think” <ul><li>Imagined a machine called the memex </li></ul><ul><li>Memex would act not only as a repository for information but would augment information retrieval by simulating the brain’s natural information-seeking process </li></ul><ul><li>Envisioned not only the personal computer, but also associated tools such as hypertext, GUI interfaces, and the World-Wide Web </li></ul>
  10. 10. Luminary Figure <ul><li>Foretold man’s future need to harness and control information beyond simple indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Laid visionary foundation upon which current technology exists </li></ul><ul><li>Inspires others to ponder and imagine the future of information science </li></ul>
  11. 11. References <ul><li>Bush, V. (1999, January). As we may think. Library Computing, 18(3), 180-188. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from ABI/INFORM Global Database. (Document ID: 62282302). </li></ul><ul><li>Mitcham, C. (Ed.) (2005). Bush, Vannevar. Enclyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. 4 vols. Macmillan Reference USA. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from Gale Biography Resource Center. (Document Number: K3434900115). </li></ul><ul><li>Nyce, J. M. and Kahn, P. (1989, May). Epilogue innovation, pragmaticsm, and technological continuity: Vannevar Bush’s memex. Journal of the American Society for Information Science (1986-1998), 40(3), 214. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from ABI/INFORM Global Database. (Document ID: 639269371). </li></ul><ul><li>Schement, J. R. (Ed.). (2002). Bush, Vannevar (1890-1974). Encyclopedia of Communication and Information. 3 vols. Macmillan Reference USA. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from Gale Biography Resource Center. (Document Number: K3402900036). </li></ul><ul><li>Vannevar Bush. (2002). Science and Its Times, Vol. 6: 1900-1949. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from Gale Biography Resource Center. (Document Number: K2643412346). </li></ul><ul><li>Vannevar Bush. (2006). World of Computer Science. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from Gale Biography Resource Center. (Document Number: 242410020). </li></ul><ul><li>Vannevar Bush. (2008). Notable Scientists: From 1900 to the Present. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from Gale Biography Resource Center. (Document Number: K1619001599). </li></ul><ul><li>Vannevar Bush. (2009). Contemporary Authors Online. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from Gale Biography Resource Center. (Document Number: H1000014403). </li></ul>

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