William Hewlett

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William Hewlett (left) and Alan Tripp 1993

William Redington "Bill" Hewlett (born May 20, 1913 in Ann Arbor , Michigan ; † January 12, 2001 in Palo Alto , California ) founded the US technology group Hewlett-Packard with David Packard on January 1, 1939 .


He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1936 and his master's degree from MIT in 1939 .

In 1939 he founded their company with David Packard in Packard's garage for $ 538. Packard excelled as an administrator, while Hewlett contributed many technical innovations. Hewlett-Packard grew to become the world's largest manufacturer of electronic test and measurement instruments. The company later became a major manufacturer of pocket calculators, personal computers, laser printers, and inkjet printers.

Hewlett was President from 1964 to 1977 and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1968 to 1977 , after which he was replaced by John A. Young . He remained chairman of the Executive Committee until 1983 and then served as its deputy chairman until 1987.

In 1970 Hewlett was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , in 1977 to the National Academy of Sciences . In 1995 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Lemelson-MIT Prize and in 1997 the Chairman's Medal of the Heinz Awards .


  • K. Jäger, F. Heilbronner (ed.): Lexikon der Elektrotechniker , VDE Verlag, 2nd edition from 2010, Berlin / Offenbach, ISBN 978-3-8007-2903-6 , pp. 193–194

Web links

  • Biography on the Hewlett-Packard website
  • Biography on the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation website