Back in 1995 MIT had a symposium with computing luminaries talking about the impact his essay had on them. When I realized that people like Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Tim Berners-Lee, and Alan Kay gave talks, I realized this was someone that I should have known about. Videos of the presentations are still up at the Internet Archive and Engelbart's site has a list of the relevant links: http://www.dougengelbart.org/events/vannevar-bush-symposium....
Engelbart's site also has a PDF of his marked up copy of the essay from his SRI days.
In the outside world, all forms of intelligence, whether of sound or sight, have been reduced to the form
of varying currents in an electric circuit in order that they may be transmitted. Inside the human frame
exactly the same sort of process occurs. Must we always transform to mechanical movements in order to
proceed from one electrical phenomenon to another?
I would love to see that as much as he did.
Advances in science will ... bring higher standards of living, will lead to the prevention or cure of diseases, will promote conservation of our limited national resources, and will assure means of defense against aggression.
- Vannevar Bush, "Science, the Endless Frontier" (1945)
It's among the documents that set the way for technology to become a major national and economic initiative of the US.
Though avoiding editorializing becomes a challenge....
Bush is among the particularly interesting tech pioneers.