Hewlett-Packard (HP) was born out of a professional partnership between two extremely innovative individuals. William “Bill” Reddington Hewlett was one of them. As the co-founder of the multinational information technology corporation, Hewlett has helped revolutionize various industries by providing products, technologies, and software solutions and services to consumers.
Born in 1913 in Michigan, Hewlett studied at Stanford University, where his late father used to teach. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1934 and proceeded to receive a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT. At Stanford he met his business partner David Packard. They discussed forming a company together. In 1930, they decided to start Hewlett-Packard in a garage, with an initial capital investment of $538 and Professor Fred Terman as their mentor and adviser.
Hewlett witnessed the growth of his company from being a small start-up to a large enterprise. The electronics manufacturing company grew as it gained rising industry giants as customers, like the Walt Disney Company. The co-founder played a big role in the acquisition of such clients as one of the engineers and leaders of HP.
Hewlett also envisioned HP as a global company and saw opportunities for expanding the base of operations beyond the United States. He oversaw the opening of the company’s first manufacturing site outside of Palo Alto, California, located in Boeblingen, Germany, as well as the establishment of a European headquarters in Geneva.
He served as president for thirteen years from 1964 to 1977; and became CEO from 1968 to 1978. He retired only in the late 1980s, well into his golden years. After a few years, Hewlett died peacefully, leaving a legacy that has affected millions of lives. He will forever be remembered for his scientific expertise and innovation, as well as his contributions for popularizing the HP way.