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    Xerox Scientist Inducted into National Inventors Hall
    of Fame for Revolutionizing the Workplace with Modern Photocopier
    AKRON, OH, May , 2005 — Anyone who’s made copies of a favorite recipe, a
    choice article, a Little League roster or a pile of receipts has Robert W.
    Gundlach to thank.

    Gundlach, who retired from Xerox Corporation  in 1995, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame here on
    Saturday for his inventions that resulted in the modern photocopier. His
    inventions not only helped revolutionize the workplace but also ultimately
    unlocked the basic workings of the process used in products that turn out
    millions of color and black-and-white copies and prints in homes, offices and
    print shops around the world.

    Gundlach, 78, is among six living inventors
    cited by the Hall of Fame for accomplishments “that have bettered our quality of
    life and allowed us greater convenience and safety.” The Hall of Fame is giving
    posthumous recognition to eight additional inventors.

    “As one of the
    first research scientists hired by the Haloid Company, now known as Xerox
    Corporation, Gundlach was responsible for finding ways to refine and improve
    xerography,” according to the Hall of Fame. “Through Gundlach’s work,
    photocopying became a practical reality.”

    Over his lifetime, Gundlach has
    received 164 U.S. patents, with 155 of those earned for his work at Xerox. He
    remains Xerox’s most prolific inventor. His inventions included many of the
    technologies that enabled xerographic products such as copiers and printers to
    become so wildly successful.

    Gundlach joined the Haloid Company in 1952,
    about five years after the company had purchased the rights to commercialize
    xerography, Chester Carlson’s invention. It would be seven more years before the
    first product would come to market.

    Among Gundlach’s inventions are the
    “development electrode,” which made it possible to copy solid areas; a method of
    cleaning the imaging drum that enabled Xerox for the first time to make
    plain-paper copiers that could fit on a desktop; and “tri-level highlight
    color,” which was the basis for products that can copy both black and another
    color simultaneously.

    A gentle optimist who loves solving puzzles and
    understanding how things work, Gundlach continues to invent from his home near
    Rochester, N.Y. Most recently he has been working on a highly efficient heat
    pump that he believes can help alleviate global warming. The patented heat pump
    is designed for heating and cooling city homes on small lots using a fraction of
    the energy now required.

    The not-for-profit National Inventors Hall of
    Fame is dedicated to honoring and fostering creativity and invention. Chester
    Carlson was previously inducted into the Hall of Fame. In addition to Gundlach,
    its class of 2005 includes Matthias Baldwin, inventor of the steam locomotive;
    Clarence Birdseye, inventor of frozen foods; Dean Kamen, inventor of the
    AutoSyringe; Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic signal; and
    Les Paul, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar.