Watson Sr. and the Early Days of IBM

There are slides devoted to this topic: Lecture 0, pp. 25-26


Check out a short biography of Thomas Watson Sr. from Biography Base, which provides a short summary of this computer visionary’s life.

The IBM biography is short but sweet, hitting the major IBM-related milestones of Watson Sr.’s life.


Watch “IBM Ever Onward – A Preview of Revolution” for a short, engaging look at IBM’s early days and the culture created by Watson Sr.

Other Media

If the music at the beginning of the video above wasn’t enough for you, check out these songs from the IBM archives.


Think, A Biography of the Watsons and IBM, William Rodgers

Campbell-Kelly and Aspray, Computer: A History of the Information Machine, 36-44 and 99-104