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Eastman, George

Born: 1854 AD
Died: 1932 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Inventor, Manufacturers, Philanthropist


1854 - Born on July 12th in Waterville, New York.  Eastman, George American inventor and philanthropist, who played a leading role in transforming photography from an expensive hobby of a few devotees into a relatively inexpensive and immensely popular pastime. Inventor of the Kodak camera.

1884 - Eastman patented the first film in roll form to prove practicable.

1888 - He perfected the Kodak camera, the first camera designed specifically for roll film.  

1889 - This company also manufactured the flexible transparent film, devised by Eastman, which proved vital to the subsequent development of the motion picture industry.

1892 - He established the Eastman Kodak Company, at Rochester, New York, one of the first firms to mass-produce standardized photography equipment.

1918-1921 - Notable among his contributions were a gift to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and endowments for the establishment of the Eastman School of Music and a school of medicine and dentistry at the University of Rochester.

         - He was the president of Eastman Kodak Company.

1922 - He is the founder of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

1925 - The chairman of Eastman Kodak Company.

1932 - Died on March 14th in Rochester, New York. Suicide at age 77 with a self-inflicted gunshot to the heart, to avoid a battle with spinal stenosis (already painful in his case). His note read, "My work is done. Why wait?".

1996 - His autobiography was written by Elizabeth Brayer entitled George Eastman: A Biography.


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