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Carlson, Chester Floyd

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1968 AD
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1906 – He was born in Seattle, Washington on the 8th of February.

         – He invented the process of instant copying which he called electrophotography, and which was subsequently named xerography and commercialized by the Haloid Corporation (Xerox).

1930 – He earned his B.S. degree in Physics at the California Institute of Technology and began working for Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York as a research engineer.

1933 – Carlson transferred to the patent department. Laid off during the Great Depression, he found a job as a clerk with a patent attorney near New York City’s Wall Street.

1936 – He began to study law at night at New York Law School, receiving his LL.B. degree.

1938 – On the 22nd of October, they had their historic breakthrough. Kornei wrote the words 10.-22.-38 ASTORIA. in India ink on a glass microscope slide.

1944 – He finally struck a deal with Battelle Corporation, a Columbus, Ohio-based non-profit organization dedicated to sponsoring new inventions.

1948 – On the 22nd of October, ten years to the day after that first microscope slide was copied, the Haloid Company made the first public announcement of xerography.

1950 – They made their first sale of the Haloid Xerox Copier.

1959 – The company continued to improve the concept, producing the Xerox 914.

1960 – He received about $150,000,000 from his invention, donating more than $100,000,000 to charitable causes, especially organizations supporting the civil rights movement.

1968 – He died on the 19th of September.

1981 – He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


2.6 (51.11%) 9 votes