• 1927 August 19
    (b.) - ?


Persuaded IBM?s chairman, Thomas J. Watson Jr., to discontinue the company?s development of a hodgepodge of incompatible computers and instead to embark on the development of a single product line of general-purpose, compatible computers. Until then, researchers thought that the fields of scientific computing and commercial data processing each required their own type of special-purpose computer. Compatibility would ensure that the same software could run on any model of the product line, avoiding a re-programming of software.
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    1927 August 19
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    At IBM led the groundbreaking development of compatible computers that changed the industry
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