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‘Chips and Science’: Tech Bill Loses Name Inspired by WWII Icon

  • Grind of the congressional process turns inspirational prosaic
  • Texts, talks and consultations salvaged science part of bill
Dr. Vannevar Bush
Dr. Vannevar BushPhotographer: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis/Getty Images

When Senator Todd Young first introduced a bill to re-invent US research and development for the 21st Century, he chose a name that would inspire the nation’s scientists and innovators to boldly go, as Star Trek advised, where no one has gone before.

It was called the “Endless Frontier Act,” a nod to WWII-era inventor and public policy guru Vannevar Bush, who wrote a 1945 landmark report laying the groundwork for the National Science Foundation.