Paul Galvin (businessman)

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This article is about the Motorola founder. For the Kerry footballer, see Paul Galvin (footballer).

Paul Vincent Galvin (June 27, 1895 – November 5, 1959) was one of the two founders of telecommunications company Motorola. Founded as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation on September 25, 1928, Motorola is now a leader in communications equipment. Galvin invented the mass production car radio, which provided the cornerstone of Motorola's early business. The company name "Motorola" was introduced in 1930.


Galvin was born in Harvard, Illinois. He served as an artillery officer during World War I. Later, Galvin attended Illinois Institute of Technology. During college, Galvin was an active member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He lived briefly in Marshfield, Wisconsin. In 1942 his wife Lillian was murdered in their home in Evanston, Illinois, a murder which was never solved.

Six sigma was developed at Motorola under the leadership of his son, Bob Galvin.


The school library on the Illinois Institute of Technology's main campus is named after Galvin.

The biology building at the University of Notre Dame is called Galvin Hall, named after Paul Galvin.

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CEO of Motorola
1928 - 1959
Succeeded by
Bob Galvin