hollerith

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Hollerith   (hŏl'ə-rĭth')  Pronunciation Key 
American inventor who in 1880 created a system of recording and retrieving information on punched cards, an important step in the development of modern computer science. In 1896 he founded his own company, and later merged with two others to form the International Business Machines corporation (IBM) in 1924.
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