Gary Leon Burrell
August 24, 1937
Stilwell, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||June 12, 2019 (aged 81)|
Spring Hill, Kansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Wichita State University (B.S., Electrical Engineering)|
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.)
|Occupation||electrical engineer and entrepreneur|
|Known for||co-founder of the Garmin GPS company|
Gary Leon Burrell (August 24, 1937 – June 12, 2019) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Garmin, makers of popular Global Positioning System devices.
Along with partner Min Kao, Burrell founded Garmin in 1989 to make navigation devices for aviation and boating using the Global Positioning System. Their original office was two folding chairs and a card table. Some U.S. servicemen used Garmin GPS during the first Gulf War, even though Garmin never had a military contract. Later on, the technology was expanded for the U.S. market, providing directions across all United States roads and highways.
Burrell was married, and had three children. He resided in Spring Hill, Kansas. As of 2016, Burrell was a billionaire. He died on June 12, 2019, at the age of 81 from complications of Parkinson's disease.
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