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Former Xerox Employee Honored

15 Feb, 2005

Former Xerox Employee Honored

Former Xerox inventor Robert Gundlach was named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He's joining legendary names such as George Eastman, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, George Washington Carver and his colleague Chester Carlson, who invented xerography.

Gundlach, who retired from Xerox Corp. — Haloid's successor — in 1995, earned 155 patents from his work there, more than anyone else in the company's history. His discoveries are credited with making xerography more robust and easier to use, helping to usher the photocopier into widespread use.

Gundlach created three patentable inventions during his first year at Xerox. His discovery of the development electrode, an idea that allowed photocopiers to reproduce solid shapes and areas, made copies more universally acceptable. He also holds patents for multiple-copy capability and the transfer of images to metal masters instead of paper. He's also credited with developing the two-color copier and shrinking the mechanism to remove old toner from the copier's drum.

The 2005 class of inventors will be inducted May 14 in ceremonies at the hall in Akron, Ohio. Thirteen other people are also being honored.

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