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.
Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer; Cameraperson
Nelson, Lauren, Editor
Spicer, Dag, Editor
Starkweather, Gary, Interviewee
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
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