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Computers can feel like a relatively new phenomenon to the older generation, while they are a given for the younger generation. One of the world’s most well-known and largest brands today, IBM, was founded over 100 years ago by entrepreneur Herman Hollerith. To be more precise, it was on June 15th, 1911. Here are ten facts you absolutely must know about one of the world’s largest technology companies.

IBM was the first computer on the moon…

Have we been to the moon or not? The theories are many, and opinions differ, but assuming we have actually been to the moon, it was IBM that developed computers for the Apollo mission to land on the moon. In short, it seems that IBM was one of the first machines to visit the lunar surface. Hurray for them!

The Nobel firm…

Five IBM employees have won the Nobel PrizeLeo EsakiGeorg BednorzAlex BühlerGerd Binnig, and Heinrich Rohrer were honored with one of the world’s finest and most prestigious awards, thanks to their technical and scientific expertise. Talk about a well-educated company.

Five IBM employees have won the Nobel Prize. Leo Esaki, Georg Bednorz, Alex Bühler, Gerd Binnig, and Heinrich Rohrer were honored with one of the world’s finest and most prestigious awards, thanks to their technical and scientific expertise. Talk about a well-educated company.

Strict dress codes…

During the 2000s, IBM encouraged its employees to dress strictly – but elegantly – in their workplace. Even today, dress codes are quite common in many companies. Perhaps less unusual for multinational corporations, though.

Sharper than humans in chess…

computer-controlled device has actually beaten the world’s best chess player. The computer, developed by IBM in 1996, defeated former world champion Garry Kasparov. Even today, the computer is unbeatable, 19 years later. However, the computer has received a more modern and sleek exterior and is now known as “Watson”.

A computer-controlled device has actually beaten the world’s best chess player. The computer, developed by IBM in 1996, defeated former world champion Garry Kasparov. Even today, the computer is unbeatable, 19 years later. However, the computer has received a more modern and sleek exterior and is now known as "Watson".

Record in patents…

In 2008, IBM became the first and only company in American history to register and acquire over 4,000 approved patents in just a single calendar year.

In all fields…

Did you know that magnetic stripesbarcodesfloppy diskshard drivesRAM memory, the world’s first computer system for data storage, and hundreds of other discoveries in medicineastronauticssports, and economics are just some of IBM’s patents?

The world’s smallest film…

IBM has managed to create the world’s smallest film – literally. “A Boy and His Atom”, as the film is called, is made up of only 12 atoms (!). See the image below.

IBM has managed to create the world’s smallest film – literally. “A Boy and His Atom”, as the film is called, is made up of only 12 atoms (!). See the image below.

Multinational…

As of December 2013, IBM was present in over 175 countries and had 475,932 shareholders.

First personal computer ever…

In 1981, IBM released its first personal computer intended for individual use within families. The IBM 5150 (as seen in the image below) had a price tag of $1,600, which was a small fortune at the time.

In 1981, IBM released its first personal computer intended for individual use within families. The IBM 5150 (as seen in the image below) had a price tag of $1,600, which was a small fortune at the time.

And not to mention environmental thinking…

IBM SmartCamp has led to the establishment of over 500 new companies in green energyhealthcare, and transportation.


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