William Reddington HewlettFor the officer involved in the execution of Charles I of England in 1649, see William Hewlett (regicide). William Reddington Hewlett
Hewlett (left) and Alan Trippin a 1993 photograph at Tripp's first SCORE! CenterBorn May 20, 1913
Ann Arbor, MichiganDied January 12, 2001
Known for Hewlett-Packard Company (HP)
William Redington Hewlett (May 20, 1913 – January 12, 2001) was the co-founder, with David Packard, of the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan but moved to San Francisco at the age of 3 years. He attended Lowell High School and was accepted at Stanford University as a favor to his late father, Albion Walter Hewlett, who had died prematurely of a brain tumor in 1925.
Hewlett received his Bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1934, an MS degree in EECS (course 6) from MIT in 1936, and the degree of Electrical Engineer from Stanford in 1939. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity during his time at Stanford and MIT.
Hewlett attended classes taught by Fred Terman at Stanford and became acquainted with David Packard during his undergraduate work at Stanford. He and Packard began discussing forming a company in August of 1937, and formally incorporated Hewlett-Packard Company on January 1, 1939. In 1939, he also married Flora Lamson, and the couple eventually had five children: Eleanor, Walter, James, William and Mary.
He was President of HP from 1964 to 1977, and served as CEO from 1968 to 1978, when he was succeeded by John A. Young. He remained chairman of the executive committee until 1983, and then served as vice chairman of the board until 1987.
- Bill Hewlett Remembered by Bob Lewis (InfoWorld, January 22,2001)
- Thoemmes Encyclopedia article on William Hewlett
- Official biography at HP website
- Official biography at Hewlett Foundation website
- The HP Way
- William Reddington Hewlett at Find A Grave
David PackardChief Executive Officerof Hewlett-Packard
1971–1978 Succeeded by
John A. YoungPresidentof Hewlett-Packard
1964–1977 Succeeded by
John A. Young