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Vannevar Bush

(1890—1974)

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Atomic Scientists

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

From the moment when Albert Einstein in 1940 suggested to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, that a new and decisive military weapon, the atom bomb, might be developed from the phenomenon ...

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computer

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Science and Mathematics.

Any device capable of carrying out a sequence of operations in a defined manner. The definition of the operations is called the program. An analog computer performs computations by...

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James Bryant Conant

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — History.

(1893–1978) educator and scientist, born in Boston, Massachusetts. Conant chaired the National Defense Research Council, the weapons research and development group of the federal Office of...

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Manhattan Project

Overview page. Subjects: History.

The code name for the American project set up in 1942 to develop an atom bomb. The project culminated in 1945 with the detonation of the first nuclear weapon, at White Sands in New Mexico.

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National Defense Research Committee

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

A quasi-governmental organization formed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 and headed by Dr. Vannevar Bush, the purpose of which was to mobilize American civilian scientists for...

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National Science Foundation

Overview page. Subjects: Computing.

A US governmental body charged with the fostering and support of American research. It played a very important part in the development of the Internet in the 1980s when it started its...

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Office of Scientific Research and Development

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War — Warfare and Defence.

OSRD established in 1941 under the directorship of Vannevar Bush, and responsible for coordinating the scientific effort that produced radar and the atomic bomb. It was comprised of a...

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science

Overview page. Subjects: History.

The systematic study of the natural world and its physical and biological processes, through observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical...

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Thomas Alva Edison

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(1847–1931) American physicist and inventor

Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, and was taught at home by his mother – he had been expelled from school as ‘retarded’, perhaps because...

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