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Bush, Vannevar Bush, Vannevar (1890-1974)

Vannevar Bush was born in Massachusetts in 1890. He studied engineering at Tufts College. Whilst there he invented a land surveying device called a profile tracer.

He worked for General Electric after graduating from Tufts College testing electrical equipment. In 1915 Bush went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study for a doctorate in engineering. In 1919 after a period back at Tufts College, he returned to MIT and worked on analog computers.

In 1945 Bush wrote an article entitled 'As We May Think' where he described a futuristic machine called a 'memex'. This would probably have worked in a similar way to the World Wide Web

fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...