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Allen, Paul Gardner (21 Jan. 1953–15 Oct. 2018), software pioneer, investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was born in Seattle, Washington to Kenneth Allen, a University of Washington librarian, and Faye Gardner Allen, a teacher. He attended Lakeside School in Seattle. In ninth grade he met seventh-grader Bill Gates, with whom he shared an enthusiasm for computer programming. During their school years they worked on computers after hours at their school, at a downtown computer center, and at the University of Washington computer science lab. They formed a company that they called Traf-O-Data to count traffic volumes, a very early entry in the “smart city” movement. In the summer of ...

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Hewlett, William (Bill) (30 May 1913–12 Jan. 2001), engineer, electronics industry executive, and philanthropist, was born William Redington Hewlett in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Louise Redington and Albion Walter Hewlett. His father was a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School. In ...