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Thomas J. Watson

1874 - 1956

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Thomas John Watson Sr. (February 17, 1874 – June 19, 1956) was an American businessman who served as the chairman and CEO of IBM. He oversaw the company's growth into an international force from 1914 to 1956. Watson developed IBM's management style and corporate culture from John Henry Patterson's training at NCR. He turned the company into a highly effective selling organization, based largely on punched card tabulating machines. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas J. Watson has received more than 1,013,189 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas J. Watson is the 172nd most popular businessperson (down from 153rd in 2019), the 1,950th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,852nd in 2019) and the 62nd most popular American Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, Thomas J. Watson ranks 172 out of 601Before him are Fusajiro Yamauchi, Theodor de Bry, Malcolm Glazer, Edsel Ford, Asa Griggs Candler, and Jack Daniel. After him are Ted Turner, Thomas Lipton, Ambroise Vollard, John Langenus, Rebiya Kadeer, and Piero Ferrari.

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Among people born in 1874, Thomas J. Watson ranks 50Before him are Charles Lightoller, D. F. Malan, Emilie Louise Flöge, Vyacheslav Menzhinsky, Henri Farman, and Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels. After him are Otto Mueller, Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Lewis Hine, George Tupou II, Johannes Schober, and Martin Lowry. Among people deceased in 1956, Thomas J. Watson ranks 51Before him are Mahmud Barzanji, Hiram Bingham III, Erich Kleiber, Otto Schmidt, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and Alben W. Barkley. After him are Pío Baroja, Walter Sydney Adams, Drastamat Kanayan, Michael Ventris, Alexander Fadeyev, and Gianpiero Combi.

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Among people born in United States, Thomas J. Watson ranks 1,950 out of 18,182Before him are Garry Marshall (1934), Jessica Chastain (1977), John O'Keefe (1939), Upton Sinclair (1878), Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930), and Griffin Dunne (1955). After him are Richard Brooks (1912), Hubert Humphrey (1911), Burt Bacharach (1928), Robert Mapplethorpe (1946), Chris Evert (1954), and Ted Turner (1938).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Thomas J. Watson ranks 62Before him are Lady Bird Johnson (1912), Phil Knight (1938), Malcolm Glazer (1928), Edsel Ford (1893), Asa Griggs Candler (1851), and Jack Daniel (1850). After him are Ted Turner (1938), Jack Welch (1935), Sheldon Adelson (1933), George Gallup (1901), Maxwell Perkins (1884), and Henry J. Heinz (1844).