Vannevar Bush (1890-1974)
Bush was the chief scientific administrator for President Roosevelt during world war 2. He trained as an electrical engineer. He was credited with the building of analogue computers and his most successful computer was the ‘Differential Analyzer,’ which could find solutions to problems which previously were impossible to solve. He wrote an article called ‘As we may think,’ in which he described a machine called ‘memex (a personal information processor).’ This would allow humans to gather, store and access information from documents linked by associations. This was the pre cursor to the world wide web and an important development of the digital age. Though he was not credited with the invention of the internet he was a great visionary of his time.