David Woodley Packard, Ph.D. (born 1940) is a former professor and noted philanthropist; he is the son of Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard. A former HP board member (1987-1999), David is best known for his opposition to the HP-Compaq merger and his support for classical studies, especially regarding the digitization of classics research. He has made significant contribution to the study of the language and the sign repertory of the Minoan Linear A script. Packard currently serves as president of the Packard Humanities Institute.
According to a 2006 media report, Packard was responsible for acquiring, with David and Lucile Packard Foundation funds, the former Mount Pony facility for the Library of Congress in 1997; it has opened as the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. Packard currently runs operations of the Stanford Theatre.
- (1967) A Study of the Minoan Linear A Tablets (unpublished doctoral dissertation, Harvard University)
- (1968) Contextual and Statistical Analysis of Linear A // Atti e memorie der primo congresso internazionale di Micenologia 1, pp. 389–394. Rome.
- (1971) Computer Techniques in the Study of the Minoan Linear Script A // Kadmos 10:52-59.
- (1974) Minoan Linear A. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-02580-6.