Herman Hollerith

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Full NameHerman Hollerith
Birth DateFebruary 29, 1860
Birth PlaceBuffalo, New York, U.S.
Death DateNovember 17, 1929 (aged 69)
Death PlaceWashington, D.C., U.S.
Resting PlaceOak Hill Cemetery
EducationCity College of New York; Columbia University (MinEng, PhD)
OccupationsStatistician, Inventor, Businessman
Known ForElectromechanical tabulation of punched card data, IBM
SpouseLucia Beverly (Talcott) Hollerith
AwardsElliott Cresson Medal (1890), World’s Columbian Exposition Bronze Medal (1892), National Inventors Hall of Fame (1990)
Significant AchievementsDeveloped the punched card tabulating machine, pioneering mechanized binary code and semiautomatic data processing systems
Company FoundedFounded a company that became part of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, later renamed IBM in 1924
LegacyRegarded as one of the seminal figures in the development of data processing
Early LifeSon of German immigrant Georg Hollerith, attended City College of New York and Columbia School of Mines
Academic CareerTaught mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ResidenceLived in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., with a business building on 31st Street
DeathDied of a heart attack in Washington, D.C.

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