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Carlson, Chester Floyd

Chester Floyd Carlson, 1906–68, American inventor; b. Seattle, Wash. A patent lawyer, he invented (1938) xerography, a method of electrostatic printing. For the next two decades he struggled to find a company that would produce his copying machine, finally finding the Haloid Co., which first marketed a Xerox copier in 1959 and subsequently made a fortune under its new name, the Xerox Corp.

See biography by D. Owen (2004).

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Carlson, Chester

Carlson, Chester (1906–68) US physicist, inventor of xerography (1938). He patented it in 1940, but few were convinced of its commercial value. In 1947, he signed an agreement with the Haloid Company (now Rank Xerox).

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