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The History of Silicon Valley — A Brief Summary (Part 1/3)

By Richard Reis

“Those who do not learn from history class are doomed to repeat it.” — Some guy on Reddit

1849: A Gold Rush that’s been going on for 170 years

Leland Stanford (1824–1893)

Fred Terman: The father of Silicon Valley

Fred Terman (1900–1982)
  • In 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded their company by setting up shop in Packard and his wife, Lucille’s, garage. They made their partnership official by investing $538 and flipping a coin to choose the name Hewlett-Packard. One of their first products was an audio oscillator sold to Walt Disney for the making of the film Fantasia (1940).
David Packard (left) and Bill Hewlett (right) in front of 367 Addison Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, also known as “The HP Garage”
  • The Varian brothers, Russell and Sigurd, founded Varian Associates in 1948. They developed the top-secret Klystron tube, which could amplify electromagnetic waves at microwave frequencies. What does this mean? That it was installed on England’s fighter planes to locate and destroy over 90%(!!) of enemy Nazi u-boats in the Atlantic. This allowed for American troops to be transported to England for the D-Day invasion.

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