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Walter B. Hewlett

Chairman (Board member since 1966 and son of William and Flora Hewlett) Palo Alto, California

Until 2012, Walter Hewlett was director of the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities and a consulting professor in the Department of Music at Stanford University. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University, two master’s degrees—in operations research and engineering science—from Stanford, and a doctorate in music, also from Stanford.

Mr. Hewlett has served as a board member of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 1966, and as chairman of the board since 1994.

He is on several boards of directors, including the Packard Humanities Institute (Los Altos, CA) and the Public Policy Institute of California (San Francisco, CA). Mr. Hewlett also served on the board of directors of the Hewlett-Packard Company, in Palo Alto, from 1987 to 2002, and Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) from 1999 to 2006.

Mr. Hewlett served as a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees (2003–2008). He is currently a member of the SIEPR (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research) Advisory Board. He chaired the Stanford Library and Information Technology Advisory Council from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Hewlett served as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers from 1997 to 2003. He is a member of the American Bach Society Advisory Board, co-chair of the Study Group on Musical Data and Computer Applications of the International Musicological Society, and co-editor of Computing in Musicology.

Mr. Hewlett is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the Academy Trust. He is also a member of the American Philosophical Society. Mr. Hewlett lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife Esther.