Where Are They Now?: 1997 Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees


William Hewlett

Achievements: Hewlett is best known for his partnership with Stanford classmate David Packard and their founding of Hewlett-Packard in a Silicon Valley garage. Perhaps even more influential than the many technological advances HP made was the culture and spirit of the company, an aspect led by Hewlett, known as the "HP Way." Aspects of HP's Way were eventually adopted by other tech companies, testifying to Hewlett's ingenuity.

Today: Hewlett remained an executive member of HP's board in various capacities until 1987. In 1997, he received the Heinz Award Chairman's Medal, along with David Packard, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments. After suffering two strokes, Hewlett passed away in January, 2001 at his home in Palo Alto – the city where it all began. In September 2011 Hewlett's name was included in the launch of the Entrepreneurial Walk of Fame in Cambridge, Mass.