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Christian Augustine Everard Greene

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C. A. Everard Greene (1878-1963) general manager and secretary of the Tabulator Co

c.1879 Born in Switzerland, son of David Wiliam and Maria L.F. Greene.

1881 Lived with David W. Green 32, civil engineer, in Claydon, Suffolk, with Maria L.F. Green 28, Tristan M. Green 6, Philip O.Dwyer Green 4, and Felix J.W. Green[1]

1891 Lived with his grandfather, William Greene 72, retired civil engineer, in Chigwell with Alfred J W Greene 39, Grace A Greene 30, Maria F Greene 38, and Tristan M Greene 16, Philip O D Greene 14, Felix J W Greene 10, Grace E M Greene 6[2]

1901 A clerk to telegraph, living in London with his grandfather, William Greene, 82, retired civil engineer, Grace Greene, 70, Rose De Medina 47, Grace A Greene 40, Marie L F Greene 40, widow, Felix J W Greene 20[3]

1903 Recruited by Ralegh Phillpotts to join what would become the Tabulator Co; in view of his "knowledge of handling small electrically operated machines", he was asked to go to America to learn about the working of Hollerith's tabulating machine. He visited the Census office as well as various commercial organisations who were using the machines[4].

1904 Carried out the first test installation at the Woolwich Arsenal but the demonstration was sabotaged by the workers and Greene had to remove the machines within a few months.

1908 He was recorded as a gentleman when he married Venetia Wigram, daughter of Alfred Money Wigram, MP, in London[5]

1909 A gentleman, on the baptism of his daughter, Grace, in London[6]

1910 Greene made a good impression with the Registrar-General who was considering how to handle the 1911 English census; Greene freely gave advice and assistance even though their was no certainty that his company would gain the contract[7]

1911 He was away from home at the time of the census[8]

1959 Published a book of reminiscences entitled The Beginning

1963 Died in Taplow; executors were Alfred David Wigram Greene, chartered civil engineer, and Alan Francis Phillpotts, solicitor[9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. 1891 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. Herman Hollerith: Forgotten Giant of Information Processing By Geoffrey D. Austrian
  5. The Times Dec 01, 1908
  6. parish records
  7. The Government Machine: A Revolutionary History of the Computer, By Jon Agar (2003)
  8. 1911 census
  9. National Probate calendar