The story of xerography is a story of passion and perseverance. Between Chester Carlson’s 1938 breakthrough and the eventual
introduction of the Xerox® 914—the world’s first “modern”
copier—in 1959, more than 20 years had passed. The story
of xerography, decades in the making, is a story of passion,
persuasion, persistence and partnership. Although many would
contribute along the way, three men of extraordinary vision,
foresight and determination earn the definitive title as the
founders of xerography.
Left: Detail from illustration produced as a presentation piece commemorating 50 years of
xerography, featuring (top row) Joseph Wilson, John Dessauer, and (bottom) Chester Carlson.
Right: The world’s first fully automatic, self-contained plain paper office copier—the Xerox® 914.