California Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County

California Historical Landmark 976
Birthplace Of Silicon Valley
367 Addison Avenue
Palo Alto
Year 1938

California Historical Landmark #976: Birthplace Of Silicon Valley

  California Historical Landmark #976: Birthplace Of Silicon Valley

10 February 2011
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Birthplace Of "Silicon Valley"

This garage is the birthplace of the world's first high-technology region, "Silicon Valley." The idea for such a region originated with Dr. Frederick Terman, a Stanford University professor who encouraged his students to start up their own electronics companies in the area instead of joining established firms in the East. The first two students to follow his advice were William R. Hewlett and David Packard, who in 1938 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 976

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard Company, May 19, 1989.

The Hewlett-Packard House and Garage is also National Register Listing 07000307.

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