Louis Le Prince

1841 - 1890

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Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (28 August 1841 – 16 September 1897) was a French artist and the inventor of an early motion-picture camera, possibly the first person to shoot a moving picture sequence using a single lens camera and a strip of (paper) film. He has been credited as "Father of Cinematography", but his work did not influence the commercial development of cinema—owing at least in part to the great secrecy surrounding it. A Frenchman who also worked in the United Kingdom and the United States, Le Prince's motion-picture experiments culminated in 1888 in Leeds, England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Le Prince has received more than 870,602 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Louis Le Prince is the 150th most popular inventor (up from 164th in 2019), the 1,822nd most popular biography from France (up from 1,939th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular French Inventor.

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Among inventors, Louis Le Prince ranks 150 out of 355Before him are Nikolai Kardashev, Johann Jacob Schweppe, Charles Algernon Parsons, Jang Yeong-sil, David Edward Hughes, and Édouard Branly. After him are Robert Cailliau, Max Skladanowsky, Edwin Howard Armstrong, Charles Cros, Georges Hébert, and Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse.

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Among people born in 1841, Louis Le Prince ranks 28Before him are Armand Guillaumin, Victor D'Hondt, Sam Loyd, Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta, Annie Chapman, and Julius von Payer. After him are Ybyrai Altynsarin, Hermann Carl Vogel, Eliza Orzeszkowa, Otto von Gierke, Wilfrid Laurier, and François-Alphonse Forel. Among people deceased in 1890, Louis Le Prince ranks 25Before him are Princess Zorka of Montenegro, Lorenz von Stein, Carl Bloch, Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters, Christopher Latham Sholes, and Jyotirao Phule. After him are Archduke Johann Salvator of Austria, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, Vasile Alecsandri, C. H. D. Buys Ballot, Franz Lachner, and Alexander Georg von Bunge.

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In France

Among people born in France, Louis Le Prince ranks 1,822 out of 5,234Before him are Jean Alesi (1964), Jean d'Ormesson (1925), Liane de Pougy (1869), Bernard of Menthon (923), Peter II of Courtenay (1155), and Henri Gatien Bertrand (1773). After him are Adelaide of Paris (850), Étienne de Silhouette (1709), Guillaume Bigourdan (1851), Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon (1844), Joseph Bertrand (1822), and Marguerite Perey (1909).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Louis Le Prince ranks 22Before him are André-Jacques Garnerin (1769), Clément Ader (1841), André Michelin (1853), Henri Giffard (1825), Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753), and Édouard Branly (1844). After him are Charles Cros (1842), Georges Hébert (1875), Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817), Joseph Monier (1823), Guillaume Amontons (1663), and Georges Claude (1870).