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"Back to Basics at the National Science Foundation"

Back to Basics at the National Science Foundation

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), April 25, 2013

Vannevar Bush died long before the launch of, but he built analog computers in the 1920s and described a mechanism that anticipated hypertext and the Internet in the 1940s. He also led the development of military technology that helped the United States prevail in World War II. Post-war, Bush lobbied for a publicly funded foundation that "should develop and promote a national policy for scientific research and scientific education, should support basic research in nonprofit organizations, should develop scientific talent in American youth by means of scholarships and fellowships."


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