HEWLETT William( American engineer, a specialist in the field of electronics, entrepreneur and co-founder of Hewlett-Packard)
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HEWLETT William (William R. Hewlett) (p. May 20, 1913, Ann Arbor, pc. Michigan), an American engineer, a specialist in the field of electronics, as well as an entrepreneur, co-founder and director emeritus of the company retired Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest manufacturer of computer and measuring equipment.
Bill Hewlett and David Packard are rightly considered the patriarchs of the famous Silicon Valley. They not only founded the company, which now employs more than 100 thousand. people, but to a large extent created the computer industry. As they created the company has always attached great importance to work with people, as well as problems of improving their well-being. Flexible management style of the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) has become a model for other companies in Silicon Valley, and later to similar industries abroad.
Hewlett was born in a family physician. His father died when he was 12 years old, and probably the only reason why Bill was not a doctor and engineer. In 1934 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, the same later in 1939 was awarded the diploma of engineer, and in 1936 - the diploma of Electrical Engineering of the famous MIT.
Hewlett and Packard met in 1930 as students at Stanford University. In 1937, Hewlett Packard and their two other under the guidance of Professor Fred Terman created his first company, having issued two years later, their partnership. Hewlett won by lot the right to give the name of a newly-made company. Thus the firm became known as the Hewlett-Packard.
Hewlett and Packard rented a small two-storey house in Palo Alto, who settled in the garage of the company, its initial capital of $ 538 (!) U.S.. Hewlett is a generator of ideas, and Packard served as administrator of the new company. Today on the wall of the garage decorate a plate, "Here began Silicon Valley", and the garage has become an integral landmark of California.
Hewlett actively involved in running the company until 1987, except that time when he served as an officer during the Second World War. His last military assignment was to participate in the special U.S. team that inspected Japanese industry the company immediately after the war.
In 1947, shortly after his return to Palo Alto, Hewlett was elected vice-president of HP, then executive vice-president (1957), President (1964), and in 1969 - CEO.
In 1978 he left his post to ensure continuity of management. Since 1987, the Hewlett Foundation is an honorary position of Director of Retired.
Hewlett overestimate the contribution to the Silicon Valley can not. They together with Packard developed a whole scale of values, called "The Way of Hewlett and Packard. Vector of this path is a commitment to cutting-edge research taking into account market conditions, as well as improving the living standards of employees. Bill Hewlett was a living legend of American and perfect model manager at all times.
In 1985, President P. Reagan, William Hewlett was awarded the highest scientific award of the U.S. - the National Medal of Science.