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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