Thomas Watson, Jr.

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope
Thomas Watson, Jr.

Name: Thomas John Watson, Jr.

Born: January 14, 1914, in Dayton, Ohio USA

Death: December 31, 1993 (Age: 79)

Computer-related contributions

  • American businessman, political figure, and philanthropist.
  • 2nd president of IBM (19521971).

Honors and awards

  • TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people of the 20th century (1998).
  • Called "the greatest capitalist in history" by Fortune Magazine (1987).
  • Inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (1976).
  • Vermilye Medal (1967).
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon B. Johnson (1964).


"My father and I had terrible fights. He seemed like a blanket that covered everything. I really wanted to beat him but also make him proud of me."

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