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Joseph C. Wilson II

Xerox Corporation

1946 - 1971

Computers & Electronics

1940 b. 1909
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Rochester
GraduateMBA, Harvard University
Personal
Born-Died1909 - 1971
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceWhite
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1940

Having grown up in his fatherís photography products firm, Haloid Company, Wilson knew the business well enough to spot the need for Haloid to find a new technology in which to invest. He found such a venture in Chester Carlsonís electric photography process, which came to be known as xerography. Though the innovative technique was only partially owned by Wilsonís company, the rights were eventually broadened and Haloid changed its name to Xerox in 1961 to reflect its new product. Being the sole producer of a product that not only revolutionized its own industry, but also profoundly changed business as a whole, Xerox grew exponentially.