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Packard Humanities Institute
Formation 1987
Type NGO
Legal status foundation
Purpose/focus Humanities Research
Location Los Altos, California
President David Woodley Packard
Website Official website

The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) is a non-profit foundation, established in 1987, and located in Los Altos, California, which funds projects in a wide range of conservation concerns in the fields of archaeology, music, film preservation, and historic conservation, plus Greek epigraphy [1], with an aim to create tools for basic research in the Humanities.


Over the years, it has created databases on Latin literature, Bible texts, texts in Arabic and Coptic, Ancient Greek papyri and inscriptions, Founding Fathers of the United States: Benjamin Franklin and others, and also Persian literature in translation. [2]

PHI is also concerned with early education of children. The Institute is independent of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and is not associated in any way with any Hewlett-Packard Company foundations.

Its current president is former professor David Woodley Packard, who has served as a director, but never an officer, of Hewlett Packard.


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