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Louis Le Prince

1841 - 1890

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Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (28 August 1841 – disappeared 16 September 1890, declared dead 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 the "Father of Cinematography", but his work did not influence the commercial development of cinema—owing largely to the events surrounding his 1890 disappearance.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. In October of that year, he filmed moving-picture sequences of family members in Roundhay Garden and his son playing the accordion, using his single-lens camera and Eastman's paper negative film. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Le Prince has received more than 1,084,799 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Louis Le Prince is the 133rd most popular inventor (up from 150th in 2019), the 1,605th most popular biography from France (up from 1,819th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular French Inventor.

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Among inventors, Louis Le Prince ranks 133 out of 354Before him are Elisha Gray, Robert Adler, Hugo Schmeisser, Henri Giffard, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, and Robert Stirling. After him are Paul Otlet, Robert Moog, Gunther von Hagens, Johann Jacob Schweppe, Josiah Warren, and John Ericsson.

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Among people born in 1841, Louis Le Prince ranks 25Before him are Victor D'Hondt, Armand Guillaumin, Ferdinand Buisson, Ahmed ‘Urabi, Clément Ader, and Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta. After him are Julius von Payer, Annie Chapman, Sam Loyd, Eliza Orzeszkowa, Hermann Carl Vogel, and Ybyrai Altynsarin. Among people deceased in 1890, Louis Le Prince ranks 22Before him are Niels Gade, Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, Jyotirao Phule, Princess Zorka of Montenegro, Gottfried Keller, and Lorenz von Stein. After him are Carl Bloch, Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters, Christopher Latham Sholes, Vasile Alecsandri, Archduke Johann Salvator of Austria, and Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.

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In France

Among people born in France, Louis Le Prince ranks 1,605 out of 6,011Before him are Pierre Levegh (1905), Raymond Poulidor (1936), Adela of Normandy (1065), Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier (1742), Marcel Renault (1872), and Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon (1491). After him are Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836), Édouard Stephan (1837), Barthélemy Catherine Joubert (1769), Henri Cartan (1904), Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien (1641), and Thoinot Arbeau (1520).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Louis Le Prince ranks 22Before him are Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844), André Michelin (1853), Clément Ader (1841), Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753), Henri Giffard (1825), and Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817). After him are Joseph Monier (1823), Guillaume Amontons (1663), Charles Cros (1842), Georges Claude (1870), Charles Xavier Thomas (1785), and Édouard Branly (1844).