Bill Hewlett and David Packard: Biography and Founders of HP Company (Hawlet-Packard)

The Hewlett-Packard company, also known as HP, is one of the largest technology manufacturing companies in the world.

HP operates in the technology services sector, which includes computing, software, printing, and digital imaging. However, its most well-known products include computers and printers.

The HP company (Hewlett-Packard) is based in the United States and was founded in Palo Alto, California. The founders of the HP company were two people, namely Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The following is the biography and profile of Bill Hewlett and David Packard, the HP Company founders (Hawlet-Packard).

Bill Hewlett Biography

Bill Hewlett was born on May 20, 1913, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. His full name is William Redington Hewlett. His father was Albion Walter Hewlett, and he worked as a doctor. Bill’s mother was Louise Redington. Stay up-to-date with Deltsapure! Provide accurate and updated news for readers.

Bill Hewlett, who was still a toddler then, moved to California to follow his parents because his father was accepted to work at Stanford University’s Faculty of Medicine. However, Bill’s togetherness with his father did not last long because his father died of a tumour in 1925 when Bill Hewlett was 12 years old.

Finally, Bill’s mother then tried hard to raise Bill Hewlett. Since childhood, Bill has loved mathematics and natural sciences. After completing his schooling at Lowell High School, Bill continued his education by attending Stanford University.

Bill Hewlett attended Stanford University in 1930 and graduated in 1934. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Not long afterwards, he continued his education by studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and in 1936, he earned a Master’s degree in electrical engineering.

Bill Hewlett then married Flora Lamson Hewlett in 1939. He then had five children: Elanor, Walter, James, William, and Mary. Bill Hewlett’s wife died in 1977. After his wife’s death, Bill Hewlett then married Rosemary Bradford Hewlett. Bill Hewlett died in Palo Alto, California, on January 12, 2001.

David Packard Biography

David Packard was born in a region called Pueblo, Colorado, United States. His father was Sperry Packard, a lawyer, and his mother was Ella Packard. David Packard attended Centennial High School, where he has loved science, engineering, sports and leadership since he was a teenager.

David Packard earned a B.A (Bachelor of Arts) degree after completing his studies at Stanford University in 1934. At Stanford, he was also a sports athlete in football and basketball. He also met his wife, Lucile Salter, on campus.

He continued his studies at the University of Colorado but soon stopped because he received a job offer at the General Electric Company in New York City. David Packard then returned to continue his studies at Stanford University, where he completed his studies in 1938 in the field of Electrical Engineering. That same year, he married Lucile Salter, who gave him four children: David, Nancy, Susan, and Julie. David Packard died on March 26, 1996, in Stanford, California, United States.

History of the Establishment of the HP Company (Hewlett-Packard) by Bill Hewlett and David Packard

Bill Hewlett and David Packard met while attending the same Stanford class taught by Fred Terman. From this introduction, in August 1937, they both intended to create a company together. It wasn’t until 1939 that Bill Hewlett and David Packard finally founded the Hewlett-Packard (HP) company in Packard’s garage with an initial capital of $538.

“In his book entitled ‘The HP Way’, David Packard states that Hewlett-Packard (HP) was determined through a coin lottery. The first product made by HP (Hewlett-Packard) was an Audio Frequency Oscillator, which was later purchased by Walt Disney Studio to be used in making the soundtrack for the film Fantasia”.

From this, HP (Hewlett-Packard) continued to grow; when the Second World War broke out, the company produced a lot of military equipment, such as radio, sonar, radar, and aviation equipment.

In the HP company (Hewlett-Packard), David Packard played a role in company management. He was also an administrative expert, while Bill Hewlett played a big role in providing many technical innovations.

Entering 1947, HP (Hewlett-Packard) officially had company status, and David Packard became president of HP (Hewlett-Packard). In 1957, HP (Hewlett-Packard) grew rapidly as a large company and carried out its initial stock offering.

In 1964, Dave Packard was elected CEO of HP (Hewlett-Packard) and board chairman. He left that position in 1969 because David was appointed by President Nixon as deputy secretary of defence for the United States until 1971.

After David’s death, the position of president director of HP (Hewlett-Packard) was then held by Bill Hewlett until 1977. He then became CEO of HP (Hewlett-Packard) from 1968 until 1978, after which John A. Young replaced him.


After finishing his term in 1971 as United States deputy secretary of defence, David Packard returned to the HP company (Hewlett-Packard). He became chairman of the company’s board from 1972 to 1993.

Meanwhile, Bill Packard was chairman of the HP (Hewlett-Packard) executive committee until 1983 and then served as vice chairman of the board until 1987.

After the death of Bill Hewlett and David Packard, HP (Hewlett-Packard) has grown rapidly to become one of the largest technology manufacturing companies in the world, the main products of which are computers and printing machines. Apart from that, HP (Hewlett-Packard) sells software and provides other technology services.

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