Born Sep 7 1926 - Died Aug 18 2010
Patent Number(s) 2,812,709
Gundlach devoted over three decades to the task of transforming the
machines into the small, robust products that revolutionized xerography.
He created three patentable inventions during his first year at Xerox,
including an idea that allowed photocopiers to reproduce solid shapes,
making copies more universally acceptable. As xerography advanced, Gundlach
invented ways to produce color copies and use digital technology. His
most lucrative patent at Xerox enabled photocopiers to print two-colored
Robert Gundlach made photocopying technology more practical, flexible
and affordable. As one of the first research scientists hired by the
Haloid Company, now known as the Xerox Corporation, Gundlach was responsible
for finding ways to refine and improve xerography. The first commercial
copy machines were the size of a desk, operated slowly, and produced
copies of marginal quality.
Born in Buffalo, NY, Gundlach graduated from the University of Buffalo
in 1949. He has earned more than 150 patents and was the first Research
Fellow at Xerox. Although most of his inventions related to xerography,
he has also received patents for a snow-making machine, a comfortable
backpack, and a new water-based heat pump system.