In 1956, HP Had No Knowledge Of Computers

| August 9, 2011 | Reply

Way back in 1956 it looks like Stanford University was looking into computer systems. They contacted the Hewlett-Packard company which was a company that made “laboratory instruments for speed and accuracy”. HP replied kindly and told the university:

June 13, 1956

Dr. F. E. Terman
Office of the Provost
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Dear Fred:

I have no personal knowledge of computers nor does anyone in our organization have any appreciable knowledge.

Sorry we can’t help you out in this regard.

Sincerely yours,

(Signed, ‘Bill’)

William R. Hewlett



Sounds pretty funny huh? Maybe this was the spark that told HP computers were the future. Just 10 years later the company introduced it’s first computer.


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