Clair Lake

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Clair LakeName: Clair D. Lake

Born: 1888

Death: 1958 (Age: 70)

Computer-related contributions

  • Pictured 2nd from the left, Clair was a contributor to IBM's early growth.
  • He developed, invented, and introduced the first type 1 Total Printing and Listing Tabulator in the early 1920s.
  • Developed a telephone key punch used in telephone record keeping.
  • Responsible for developing the 80-column punched card, related sensing or punching apparatus, low-cost wire contact relays and unit counters.