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Herman Hollerith

Herman HollerithBorn: 29-Feb-1860
Birthplace: Buffalo, NY
Died: 17-Nov-1929
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Invented the punchcard

Developed machines which could read and interpret data encoded on punchcards. This technology was used to automate the 1890 census, accomplishing the task of collating population statistics in six weeks, a fraction of the 7 years which the 1880 census had required.

Founded the Tabulating Machine Company in 1896, which later became IBM.

Wife: Lucia Beverly Talcott (m. 1890)
Daughter: Lucia
Son: Herman Hollerith, Jr.
Son: Charles
Daughter: Nan
Son: Richard
Daughter: Virginia

    University: City College of New York
    University: BS Mining, Columbia University, New York, NY (1879)
    Teacher: Mechanical Engineering, MIT (1882-4)
    University: PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY (1890)

    IBM Tabulating Machine Company (Founder & President, 1896-1911)
    National Inventors Hall of Fame
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    German Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Insomnia


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