THOMAS VINCENT LEARSON (September 26, 1912 – November 4, 1996) was
IBM 's chairman and chief executive officer from June 1971 through
January 1973. He was succeeded by
Frank Cary . Both the previous
Thomas Watson, Jr. and senior project manager Fred Brooks
regarded Learson as the driving force behind the
which was huge and risky but whose success ensured IBM's dominance of
the mainframe computer market.
He was born in Roslindale, Boston,
Massachusetts , son of Richard J.
Learson and Katharine E. (Goode) Learson. He graduated from Boston
Latin School in 1931, then majored in mathematics at Harvard
University , graduating in 1935.
From 1975 to 1977 he was
Ambassador at Large for Law of the Sea
Special Representative of the President for the Law of the
Sea Conference, and Chief of Delegation.
He is buried with his wife Gladys at the
Gate of Heaven Cemetery , in
Hawthorne, New York .
* ^ Lohr, S. (November 6, 1996). "T. Vincent Learson, 84, I.B.M.
Chief, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-12.