[Home]Herman Hollerith

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The promulgator of the punched card. Hollerith was born on February 29, 1860 and died on November 17, 1929. He graduated from Columbia University, New York. He joined the [US Census Bureau]? as a statistician where he used a punched card device to help analyse the 1880 US census data. This punched card system stored data in 80 columns. This "80-column" concept has carried forward in various forms into modern applications.

In 1896, Hollerith founded the [Tabulating Machine Company]? to exploit his invention and in 1924 his firm became part of IBM. The Hollerith system was used for the 1911 UK census.

see also statistics

Based on a FOLDOC entry

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