Digitized materials in this online collection form part of the Oral history interview with Vannevar Bush (MC-0143) in the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections. For more information about the materials, please consult the collection finding aid.

Collection scope and contents:
In 1964 Eric Hodgins interviewed Bush in preparation for Bush's autobiography, PIECES OF THE ACTION (1970). In the 1120-page interview transcript, Bush discussed his family and education at Tufts University; early years at MIT as a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering, his research and patents, including the development of the differential analyzer, and his roles as executive vice president and dean of the School of Engineering; his decision to become president of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C. in 1939; his role in the war effort as chair of the NDRC and later OSRD; and his thoughts on post-war science issues, including cooperation between government and universities for research, and the many government agencies and committees in the federal government involved in making science policy.


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