DAVID PACKARD Biography - Pioneers, Explorers & inventors


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Name: David Packard                                                                         
Born: (September 7, 1912)                                                                   
Died: (March 26, 1996)                                                                     
David Packard (September 7, 1912 - March 26, 1996) was a co-founder of Hewlett-Packard.     
Born in Pueblo, Colorado, he received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1934.           
Afterwards he worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York.             
In 1938, he returned from New York to Stanford, where he received a master's in             
electrical engineering the following year. In the same year, he married Lucile             
Salter with whom he had four children: David, Nancy, Susan, and Julie. Lucile               
died in 1987.                                                                               
In 1939, he and William Hewlett established their firm in Packard's garage with             
an initial capital investment of $538. The company, where Packard proved to be             
an expert administrator and Hewlett provided many technical innovations, grew               
into the world's largest producer of electronic testing and measurement devices.           
It also became a major producer of calculators, computers, and laser and ink jet           
printers. Dave mentions in his book "The HP Way" that the name Hewlett-Packard             
was determined on the flip of a coin. HP, rather than PH!