# Who invented the state elimination algorithm for converting finite automata into regular expressions?

The state elimination algorithm is an algorithm for converting finite automata into regular expressions. It's found in many textbooks, including Sipser's Introduction to the Theory of Computation. However, I can't seem to find any references to who first invented this algorithm.

Does anyone know who invented the state elimination algorithm? Ideally, I'd like a reference to a specific paper or textbook.

Thanks!