Chester Carlson

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Chester CarlsonName: Chester Carlson

Born: February 8, 1906, in Seattle, Washington, USA

Death: September 19, 1968 (Age: 62)

Computer-related contributions

  • American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney.
  • Known for having invented the process of Electrophotography, which produced a dry copy rather than a wet copy, as was produced by the mimeograph process.
  • Carlson's process was subsequently renamed xerography, a term that literally means "dry writing."

Honors and awards

  • Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (1981).
  • Chester F. Carlson Award in his honor.


"The need for a quick, satisfactory copying machine that could be used right in the office seemed very apparent to me—there seemed such a crying need for it—such a desirable thing if it could be obtained. So I set out to think of how one could be made."