Skip to comments.Gary Starkweather, Inventor of the Laser Printer, Dies at 81
Posted on 01/20/2020 10:00:05 AM PST by oh8eleven
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Cats the world over are saddened...................
“The obit is worth a read.
Not every man has an impact this huge and remain essentially unknown.”
Very true. I assume this is very common.
When they first came out I wondered why the pages weren’t smoking when they came out.
This is the difference between engineers and politicians
Engineers spend their lives trying to invent things and make lives for better people and dont want any attention . Whereas, politicians try to make everybodys life miserable and get lots of attention
How often do you see a Xerox brand laser? We had one where I worked in the early 90s. It had an unusual straight through path, and it often burned the paper and created smoked during its frequent jams.
That said the Xerox 9700 big boy laser ( 2 pages/sec in the early 80s) was phenomenal.
He ran out of toner, I guess.
Xerox is a case study on how to Fritter away your brand. In addition to Laser Printers, they helped invent object-oriented programming, local area networking, and graphical user interfaces. Today they don’t really make money on any of those things.
Interesting that the Xerox copier also has its roots in Rochester, NY.
No relation to Charles I hope.
Kind of like Kodak(another Rochester company) invented the digital camera, which put them out of business.
Yes, an excellent read, thanks for posting it.
There is a reason for that.
The ORIGINAL inventor of the photocopier tried sell his invention to IBM, Kodak, RCA and a couple of others.
They all rejected his idea as being a nice curiosity but of no practical value to them or their customers, and they KNEW what their customers wanted.
Finally, he went to a company called the Haloid Photographic Company and the rest is history....................
Its staggering how much innovation came out od Xerox PARC that Xerox piddled away.
Thank you, Mr. Starkweather, for your work, your doggedness, and your ingenuity.
I worked on these beasts in the early 80’s. Back when you fixed things that broke. I hated these machines with a passion. Constant paper handling and development issues.
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