Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush, 1950

A little flurry of interest in Vannevar Bush recently. Bush was an early pioneer in computer science. In 1945 he published an essay, As We May Think, which “Has been described as visionary and influential, anticipating many aspects of information society. Bush expresses his concern for the direction of scientific efforts toward destruction, rather than understanding, and explicates a desire for a sort of collective memory machine with his concept of the memex that would make knowledge more accessible, believing that it would help fix these problems. Through this machine, Bush hoped to transform an information explosion into a knowledge explosion.” (Wikipedia)

Vannevar Bush was photographed by Karsh in 1950, the year legislation to create the National Science Foundation passed through Congress and was signed into law by President Truman. The Foundation is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering; Bush was chiefly responsible for the movement that led to its creation.

Bush was photographed again in 1958.