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Xerox celebrates 75 years

Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 05:27 PM EST

Rochester, N.Y. - What started as an experiment in a small kitchen in Astoria, New York, transformed the world and became one of the cornerstone companies of Rochester.

75 years later, Xerox is not only a household name, but is known worldwide.

Tuesday, the University of Rochester recognized the works of Chester Carlson.

Carlson produced the world's first electrostatic image also known as the photocopier or Xerox machine today.

Each year the U of R recognizes Carlson's work. This year’s exhibit showcases that first invention.

The exhibit is called "True Original: Chester Carlson's Xerography at 75.”

It also highlights the collaboration between Carlson and Rochester native Joseph C. Wilson who commercialized Carlson's Xerography.

Those achievements are still echoed today as current students and researchers pave the way for tomorrow.

“We are particularly pleased by the spirit of what Carlson achieved. We like to think of the University of Rochester as an institution of academic entrepreneurs,” university president Joel Seligman said. “We're very proud that we've achieved the level of sponsored research throughout the years. There are truly brilliant people who work in this building and associated building, again inspired by Chester Carlson.”

The exhibit will be on display until January 2014.

Xerox celebrates 75 years

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