1858: Gerard Leonardo Frederik Phillips was born in Zalthommel, Netherland.
1883: travelled to Glasgow, spent a year in a laboratory of the Physicist William Thomson.
1891: Gerard Philips co-established the Philips & Company with his father, Frederik Phillips
1912: he founded Philips Corporation with his brother, Anton Phillips
1922: retired, and his younger brother, Anton Phillips replaced him as the Chairman
1920-1939: introduce new products such as Vaccum Tubes and Electric Razor.
1940-1945: fled to US to get rid off Nazis
1942: died at the age of 84
1945: came back to Netherland, 1949-1972: produced new products such as Television set, radio.
1982: The corporations launched Compact Disc (cooperated with Sony), 1991: changed the name of the company to Philips Electronic NV.
2000: bought Optiva, and then from 2000-2011: expanded to semiconductor division and become stronger through the M&A.
2011-now: become Royal Philips N.V.