Vannevar Bush. Original photograph, 8x10 inches, by the photographic studio "Hessler", with "Hessler" signed in pencil in clear margin at bottom right. Housed in the original card-stock, embossed photo-holder. Outer folder is in Good condition; photograph is excellent. $450
Lovely portrait of Bush and his wife, taken I feel shortly after WWII. Bush was of legendary importance to the United States during WWII.
\Vannevar (pronounced “van ee var”) was a flinty no-nonsense New Englander who was an organizational and mechanical genius who as a professor at MIT developed a remarkable analog computer that greatly advance computation capacities for solving differential equations. This was in the 1930’s, and even after creating an improved electromechanical version of the machine still chose the wrong way to go in the soon-to-materialize digital computer revolution. During WWII Bush was one of the most important Americans in the war effort, overseeing the entire scientific effort of the U.S.—an enormous effort dispatched beautifully (and successfully). His importance in this regard is difficult to overstate.