The original Silicon Valley pioneers, the pair used their Stanford degrees to turn their garage-based business into one of the largest computer manufacturing companies in the world. They began by developing specialized measuring devices, eventually producing the hugely popular HP-35, a programmable scientific calculator. During World War II, they begin to design microwave products, beginning with a radar-jamming device. The company continues to grow as its founders articulate a management philosophy that comes to be known as “the HP Way.” The philosophy emphasizes employee empowerment and includes one of the earliest profit-sharing plans. Eventually, the company focuses on desktop and minicomputers, then branches out into printers and other computing devices.
William Hewlettcomputer industry pioneer
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Founded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 1996 as a vehicle for the couple's philanthropic endeavors.Died: 2001
David Packardcomputer industry pioneer
Birthplace: Pueblo, Colo.