Agilent Technologies, a spin-off of Hewlett-Packard Company, broke records on Nov. 18, 1999 as the largest initial public offering (IPO) in Silicon Valley history. The US $2.1 billion raised from that IPO was a sharp contrast to the $538 in working capital that founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard began with in 1938. From a small garage in Palo Alto, California, to employees around the world serving customers in 110 countries, Agilent has a long history of innovation and leadership in the communications, electronics, semiconductor, test and measurement, life sciences and chemical analysis industries.
Agilent History Center and Archives
The Agilent History Center and Archives preserves materials that document the founding, growth, development, organization, management and achievements of the company. It is located in room 5022, just off the Santa Clara Campus’s main lobby at 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Santa Clara, Calif. For information about touring the History Center, contact Arlene Dickson at 408-345-8782.
The Company History Timeline provides additional online historical information.