On This Day in 1890 - Vannevar Bush Born
On This Day in 1890 - Vannevar Bush Born
Written by Historian   
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Vannevar Bush, who is remembered for his work on analog computers and for introducing a concept that we now consider the hyperlink, was born on March 11, 1890 in Everett, Massachusetts, USA.

Like many computer pioneers Vannevar Bush was motivated to build a computer because he needed to solve equations. However, he was already an inventor who had a finely honed instinct for mechanical devices.

While an undergraduate he designed an amazing device that measured ground levels. You rolled it over the terrain and it drew a graph of the change in height. The device was purely mechanical but it included an integrator - the basic component needed to build an analog computer.

 

bush3_lg

Vannevar Bush

March 11, 1890 - June 28, 1974

 

Starting in 1927, Bush constructed a Differential Analyser, an analog computer that could solve differential equations This was a significant development in the progress towards an analog computer - even though Bush himself disclaimed any credit for the invention of the digital computer.

Bush is also remembered for his proposed Memex machine, a machine that stored and retrieved information using microfilm and used what we would now call a hypertext link to form information trails. So he can be credited with having invented the hyperlink back in 1945.

For more of the story of Vannevar Bush turn to the article about him in our History section.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, subscribe to the RSS feed, follow us on Google+, Twitter, Linkedin or Facebook or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Banner


Scratch Blocks For Beginners In Developer Preview
18/05/2016

Scratch Blocks has been released as an open-source developer preview ahead of Google I/O which starts today. It is a collaboration between Google and MIT Media Lab and builds on Google's Blo [ ... ]



NativeScript - to rule them all?
16/05/2016

NativeScript 2.0 was recently released with tighter integratin for Angular2, extended support for 3rd-party native libraries for iOS and Android, and support, via plug-ins for TypeScript and UWP. A we [ ... ]


More News

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 March 2012 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2016 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.