Artifact Details

Title

Birth of the laser printer

Catalog Number

102706705

Type

Moving image

Date

1997-03-25

Credits

Starkweather, Gary

Publisher

Bay Area Computer History Perspectives

Format

DVD

Description

In this lecture physicist Gary Starkweather discusses his work developing the laser printer at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC) in the early 1970s. Beginning with a discussion of his time at Bausch + Lomb, Starkweather describes how Xerox's earlier innovations, including the xerographic process, influenced the invention of the laser printer, initially at Xerox's Rochester headquarters, later at PARC. Through a series of slides demonstrating early printing methods used by Xerox prior to the laser printer, followed by the concepts he tackled in developing the printer. Starkweather details his challenges, and the often counter-intuitive methods he used to solve the problems.

Category

Lecture

Series Title

Bay Area Computer History Perspectives