1974 — June 28th: Vannevar Bush Dies
Scientist and mathematician Vannever Bush was one of the early computer pioneers and played a critical role in war-time technology. Vannevar was responsible for the invention of the “proximity fuse” which detonates a warhead as it becomes close to it’s target. He also played a critical role in the creation of the Manhattan Project, emphasizing to the United States the urgency of developing an Atomic Bomb. Vannevar created an electromechanical difference machine for analyzing targeting differentials during World War II. He was born in Massachusetts on March 11, 1890.