David Packard

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
David Packard

Name: David Packard

Born: September 7, 1912, Pueblo, Colorado, USA

Death: March 26, 1996 (Age: 83)

Computer-related contributions

  • Co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP).
  • Served as HP president (1947–1964), CEO (1964–1968), and Chairman of the Board (1964–1968, 1972–1993).
  • He served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969–1971 during the Nixon administration.

Significant publications

  • HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company. Collins.

Honors and awards

  • The 3rd Annual Heinz Award Chairman's Medal (with William Hewlett) (1997).
  • Sylvanus Thayer Award (1982).
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom(1988).
  • Public Welfare Medal (1989).


"To be useful an invention must not only fill a need, it must be an economical and efficient solution to that need."

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