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Notable Alumni

Herman Hollerith
Census Bureau alumnus Herman Hollerith, inventor of
the first electric tabulating machine.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.



As a technological and methodological innovator, the U.S. Census Bureau has long been an incubator for talent. The census has always attracted smart people who have, in turn, played a role in improving the effectiveness of both the census-taking and tabulation process.

This section showcases a few notable alumni, including Herman Hollerith, whose tabulation machine company eventually became part of IBM, and Henry Gannett, one of the forefathers of geography at the Census Bureau.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: January 28, 2019