1937 (age 80–81)|
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|
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 so-called first Gulf War,more precisely the US war on Iraq, 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.