Hypertext pioneer Vannevar Bush is born

11th March 1890
Hypertext pioneer Vannevar Bush is born

Pre-World-War II computer pioneer Vannevar Bush (pronounced "Van-ee-ver") is born in Everett, MA.

Bush, who also was deeply involved with wartime computer projects, invented an electromechanical differential analyzer that used mechanical integrators to help solve differential equations. Bush was a co-founder of Raytheon, a military contractor.

He also became very interested in information retrieval, which led him to imagine a machine he called "memex" -- an electronic extension of an individual's mind and memory base -- that mimicked human associative linking of information, and anticipated hypertext research.

He died on June 28, 1974.

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