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THE INVENTOR Chester Carlson an American physicist and lawyer will be remembered as the man who invented the photocopier Thanks to this great man xerography is now used in companies all over the world THE EARLY YEARS Chester Carlson was born on February 8 1906 in Seattle Washington About one year after he was born his father became very sick with tuberculosis He also developed arthritis in his spine Carlsons father spent most of his life lying in bed coughing and feeling upset with his poor and sickly life Not long after he was born Carlsons family moved from Seattle and stayed a short time at a few places in California Arizona Mexico and finally stayed in San Bernadino California It was there that Carlson went to grammar school and high school Then he went to Riverside Junior College for three years working and studying at the same time Then he transferred schools to Advanced Standing at California Institute of Technology and got his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1930 While going to school and working Carlson became interested in the work of other inventors especially Edison As he read about the other successful inventors he realized that making an invention would be a good way to change his financial situation at home After Carlson graduated he started working as a Research Engineer at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York He thought that was boring so he asked to work in the patent department instead He liked this new job because he could see a lot of new ideas that were being developed He became an assistant to a patent attorney for two years until the Great Depression in 1933 when he was laid off from work After some time Carlson found a new job in a patent attorneys office near Wall Street He worked on patent applications He served his apprenticeship then his clerkship there He then was able
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