Thomas John Watson, Jr

Thomas John Watson, Jr

Birth
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Death 31 Dec 1993 (aged 79)
Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 70598200 · View Source
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Thomas Watson is widely remembered as the man who led IBM into the computer age. He graduated from Brown in 1937 and immediately went to work as a salesman with his father's firm, IBM. After serving with distinction in the Air Force in World War II, Watson returned to IBM, becoming president at age thirty-eight and chairman four years later. Watson pioneered innovative, employee-centered management strategies similar to those that became the hallmark of business success decades later. An active Democrat and advocate of arms control, Watson served on a presidential disarmament committee and as U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union under President Carter. Throughout his career, Watson remained committed to Brown University, serving the Corporation as trustee 1948-1955, as vice chancellor 1979-1985, and as a fellow or Advisory Committee member in the interim years, as well as active consultant to a half-dozen university presidents. Watson founded a number of academic fellowship programs at Brown, computing and technology centers, including the CIT, and his signature program, the Watson Institute for International Studies, with nearly a dozen affiliated policy centers, interdisciplinary programs, and academic offices related to international relations and the study of foreign societies.


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  • Created by: Linda Mac
  • Added: 30 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70598200
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas John Watson, Jr (8 Jan 1914–31 Dec 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70598200, ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) Unknown.