Artifact Details

Title

Starkweather, Gary oral history

Catalog Number

102702465

Type

Text

Date

2010-08-23

Contributor

Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer; Cameraperson
Nelson, Lauren, Editor
Spicer, Dag, Editor
Starkweather, Gary, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

DeBary, Florida

Extent

52 p.

Description

Physicist Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer, speaks about his early work at Xerox and the management challenges he faced in convincing Xerox to pursue this technology. He begins by discussing his childhood and early formative experiences, then progresses to his advanced study of optics at the University of Rochester, his work at Bausch and Lomb then Xerox, and finally Apple and Microsoft. The laser printer program that Starkweather pursued provides a lesson in how monopolies miss opportunities by their focus on protecting existing products and techniques at the expense of technologies they consider disruptive.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Starkweather, Gary; Warnock, John; Thacker, Charles (Chuck); Metcalfe, Robert; Apple Computer, Inc.; Kodak; Bausch & Lomb; Xerox; Stanford University; Xerox PARC; laser printer; University of Rochester; Gunning, William (Bill); Sproull, Bob; Dover; IBM 3800; Xerox 914; Xerox 7000; Canon; Electronic Array Raster Scanner (EARS); Allegro; Post-It; PostScript

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X5848.2010