Gary Starkweather

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Gary Starkweather
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Gary Starkweather in his office at Microsoft Research in 2009
Born (1938-01-09) January 9, 1938 (age 81)
Engineering career
InstitutionsXerox Webster Research Center
Practice nameXerox PARC
Employer(s)Apple Computer
ProjectsInvention of the laser printer and color management
AwardsDavid Richardson Medal

Gary Keith Starkweather (born January 9, 1938) is an American engineer and inventor most notable for the invention of the laser printer and color management.

Starkweather received a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University in 1960 and an M.S. in optics from the University of Rochester in 1966. In 1969, Starkweather invented the laser printer at the Xerox Webster Research Center. He collaborated on the first fully functional laser printing system at Xerox PARC in 1971.[1][2][3]

At Apple Computer in the 1990s, Starkweather invented color management technology,[4] and led the development of Colorsync 1.0. In 1991 he was awarded the David Richardson Medal.[5] Starkweather joined Microsoft Research in 1997, where he worked on display technology.[6]

In 2004, he was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering.[7]


  1. ^ Edwin D. Reilly (2003). Milestones in Computer Science and Information Technology. Greenwood Press. ISBN 1-57356-521-0.
  2. ^ Roy A. Allan (2001). A History of the Personal Computer: The People and the Technology. Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-9689108-0-7.
  3. ^ Gladwell, Malcolm (May 16, 2011). "Creation Myth - Xerox PARC, Apple, and the truth about innovation". The New Yorker. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ Gary K. Starkweather, "Method and apparatus for calibrating and adjusting a color imaging system," U.S. Patent 5694227, Dec. 2, 1997
  5. ^ "David Richardson Medal". The Optical Society. 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  6. ^ O'Hanlon, Charlene (Nov 13, 2002). "Gary Starkweather - Laser Printer Inventor". IT Channel News by CRN. CRN. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Mr. Gary K. Starkweather". National Academy of Engineering Membership Website. Archived from the original on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2007-09-14.

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