Hewlett, William Redington

Hewlett, William Redington

(hyo͞o`lĭt), 1913–2001, American engineer and business executive, b. Ann Arbor, Mich., grad. Stanford (B.S. 1934, Engineer 1939), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S. 1936). He and classmate David PackardPackard, David,
1912–96, American business executive, b. Pueblo, Colo., grad. Stanford (B.A., 1934; M.S., 1939). He and classmate William R. Hewlett opened a garage-based business, which became (1938) the Hewlett-Packard Co.
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 formed an electronics business in Palo Alto that became the Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) in 1938, initiating the electronics and computer industry that ultimately became Silicon ValleySilicon Valley,
an industrial region, approximately 20 mi (32 km) long, in the Santa Clara Valley between Palo Alto and San Jose, mainly in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, W central Calif., where many computer manufacturing and design companies are located.
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. HP grew rapidly during World War II and in the 1950s became dominant in electronic testing and measuring equipment. In 1960s and 70s it began manufacturing computers and scientific calculators; Hewlett, who was the engineering force behind the company, played a pivotal role in the development of the latter. Valuing individual creativity and eschewing traditional business hierarchies, Hewlett served in various HP executive positions. He also was a philanthropist, founding (1966) the William and Flora Hewlett FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
philanthropic organization founded in 1966 by engineer and entrepeneur William R. Hewlett (1913–2001), co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett (1914–77), and their eldest son, Walter B. Hewlett (1944–).
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Bibliography

See K. Tracy, William Hewlett (2003); J. S. Malone, Bill & Dave (2007).

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