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  • 2-29-1860

    Herman Hollerith, of punch card fame, born in Buffalo, New York. The mechanical engineer's invention was selected for use in tabulating data from the 1890 U.S. Census.

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    Herman Hollerith
  • 2-29-1924

    The first Josiah Willard Gibbs lecture was delivered by Professor M. I. Pupin of Columbia University to an AMS meeting. In introducing him, AMS president Oswald Veblen said, "It is hoped that the Willard Gibbs Lecturers will remind the mathematicians of something that we fear they sometimes forget---the existence of the outside world. It is equally hoped that they will remind the outside world that mathematics is a growing concern---not a pedantic exercise for the torment of schoolboys, but a living organism growing larger and stronger each year."

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    Michael Idvorsky Pupin
    Oswald Veblen
    Josiah Willard Gibbs
  • 2-29-1932

    Numerical analyst Gene Golub born in Chicago, Illinois. With his emphasis on numerical methods and scientific computing, he was active in both mathematics and computer science research and advising.

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    Gene Golub