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David Packard

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Agilent Technologies


Packard was born Sept. 7, 1912, in Pueblo, Colo. He attended Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1934 and a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1939. From 1936 to 1938, Packard was an engineer with the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, N.Y. In 1938, he returned to Palo Alto and the following year formed a partnership known as Hewlett-Packard Company with William R. Hewlett, a friend and Stanford classmate. The first product was a resistance-capacitance audio oscillator based on a design developed by Hewlett when he was in graduate school. The company's first "plant" was a small garage in Palo Alto, and the initial capital amounted to $538.

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