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Science  06 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5796, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5796.27e

Vannevar Bush (1890–1974) made magazine covers for directing the United States's scientific efforts during World War II. But he was also an inventor whose differential analyzer was a mechanical forerunner of the computer. At this site from the National Inventors Hall of Fame* in Akron, Ohio, you can read more about Bush and other scientists and engineers whose innovations had an impact. The hall inducts a new class of inventors every year. This year's honorees include the German chemist Fritz Haber (1868–1934), who discovered a method for making ammonia to produce fertilizer, and modern inventors such as Robert Gore, who created the waterproof fabric GORE-TEX. You'll find similar profiles at the Inventor of the Week archive from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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