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Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002  Search this
Thomas J. Watson, 17 Feb 1874 - 19 Jun 1956  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image: 23.8 × 19.5 cm (9 3/8 × 7 11/16")
Sheet: 25.3 × 20.5 cm (9 15/16 × 8 1/16")
Mount: 35.5 × 27.7 cm (14 × 10 7/8")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
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A superb salesman with keen entrepreneurial instincts, International Business Machines (IBM) chief Thomas J. Watson built his company into a blue-chip powerhouse. Watson honed his executive skills with the National Cash Register Company before moving to the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in 1913. Assuming CTR’s presidency a year later, he initiated a major expansion and launched a dynamic research and development program to engineer the next generation of tabulating devices. As Watson grew the company—which changed its name to IBM in 1924—he fostered a corporate culture in which customer service was paramount, and well-trained, highly motivated employees received good pay, job security, and generous benefits. Under Watson’s leadership, IBM helped usher in the computer age in 1944 by financing and building the Harvard Mark 1—the first automatic digital calculator in the United States and the largest electromechanical calculator ever produced.
Watson is pictured beneath the sign proclaiming IBM’s motivational mantra, “THINK.”
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
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