NYC Honorary Street Names


Chester Carlson Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 37th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Chester Carlson (1906-1968), a native of Seattle, earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology. He later attended New York Law School where he received an LL.B. in 1939. After being laid off from Bell Labs in the midst of the Great Depression, he began experimenting with different methods of printing and copying documents, including copying technologies that did not require wet inks. On October 22, 1938, in his lab on the second floor of the house at 32-05 37th Street in Astoria, he and his partner Otto Kornei made the world's first successful xerographic image. The technology would revolutionize the business world, and eventually led to the rise of the Xerox Corporation. Xerox researchers would go on to pioneer many components of the computer revolution such as the graphic user interface and the computer mouse. In his later years, Carlson donated much of his wealth to humanitarian, civil rights, and spiritual organizations. (Constantinides)

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