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Hewlett Packard Company Founders' History


This chapter is under construction. It will be a short-form history of the founders of the Hewlett Packard Company. Building this chapter is done using many sources of information. Books and publications used are listed at the bottom of this page.



Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in 1978


HP Origins-A Video Review of the Personalities who ran HP

HP's 2005 film - photographs, oral histories, film footage, and interviews with former employees

In 2005, interviews were conducted among several dozen of HP's past top management. They were asked to describe their interactions with Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett during their HP careers. These managers reveal that all of the HP management and work culture streamed down directly from the values and personalities of the Founders.

To view the 24 minute video, click this URL: HP Origins Video on youtube

To record the names of many of those key HP managers of the second half of the 20th Century, shown in the video, we have put their names in these captions.

Coffee break outside Packard's office. Jack Petrak, Dave Packard,
Bruce Wholey, Jack Beckett
Art Fong's auto radar Doppler demo. Unknown observers, (not including Art)
Management gathering, circa 1965. (front) XXXXXX, Noel Eldred, Bill Hewlett,
Emory Rogers (rear) Tom Perkins, Don Hammond, John Young, Stan Selby
Management gathering, circa 1965.
(front) Dave Packard, Noel Porter, Al Bagley
(rear) Bruce Wholey, Carl Cottrell, Bill Doolittle

Bill & Dave Chronological History


  • Before they Met
  • 1930s
  • 1940s
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s



Sources of information used in these chapters:



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