Born in 1903, George Daly joined the company in 1920 as an engineering draftsman in Endicott, N.Y.
His significant technical contributions include accounting machine developments in the IBM 285 and 297 series -- better known as the Type III and Type IV machines, beginning in the 1920s. Features of these machines, particularly the data transfer apparatus, were the basis for later electromechanical calculators of many types. Daly collaborated with James Bryce in the invention and development of a series of automatic multiplying machines such as the Types 600 and 601, beginning in 1931, and was primarily responsible for the model 602A -- the last and most flexible of IBM's electromechanical calculators. His other contributions included invoice tabulators, an interpreting reproducer and the unique card reader employed in the Type 407 alphabetical accounting machine.
In 1940, he was named senior engineer, and for three years during World War II, he developed equipment for the U.S. armed forces. In 1955, Daly organized the first patent engineering function, which became the model for similar groups throughout IBM. He was appointed director of General Products Division patent engineering in 1963, and in 1965 was named manager of patent engineering in the newly formed Systems Development Division.
After 78 patents relating to IBM products and 47 years of service, Daly was named an IBM Fellow in 1967. He retired later that year and died in 1983.