William Kennedy Dickson

1860 - 1935

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William Kennedy Laurie Dickson (3 August 1860 – 28 September 1935) was a British inventor who devised an early motion picture camera under the employment of Thomas Edison. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Kennedy Dickson has received more than 194,042 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). William Kennedy Dickson is the 264th most popular film director (up from 295th in 2019), the 1,621st most popular biography from France (up from 1,767th in 2019) and the 34th most popular French Film Director.

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Among film directors, William Kennedy Dickson ranks 264 out of 1,580Before him are George Roy Hill, Gabriel Axel, Jerome Robbins, Gillo Pontecorvo, John Frankenheimer, and Patrice Chéreau. After him are Marco Bellocchio, Henri Verneuil, Carol Reed, Jim Henson, Robert Benton, and James L. Brooks.

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Among people born in 1860, William Kennedy Dickson ranks 40Before him are Gustave Charpentier, Mercedes of Orléans, Annie Oakley, James McKeen Cattell, Marianne von Werefkin, and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. After him are Jules Laforgue, Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria, Gyula Andrássy the Younger, Michel Zevaco, Lizzie Borden, and Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis. Among people deceased in 1935, William Kennedy Dickson ranks 44Before him are Anna Ancher, Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, Ali of Hejaz, Princess Anastasia of Montenegro, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, and Ma Barker. After him are Princess Alice of Parma, Abraham Isaac Kook, Jean Béraud, Valerian Kuybyshev, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, and René Crevel.

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Among people born in France, William Kennedy Dickson ranks 1,621 out of 5,234Before him are Georg Muffat (1653), Alcide d'Orbigny (1802), Marcel Aymé (1902), Jean Tirole (1953), Pierre Auguste Cot (1837), and Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza (1911). After him are Honoré V, Prince of Monaco (1778), Alphonse Borrelly (1842), Georges Delerue (1925), Félix Savart (1791), Georges Bidault (1899), and André Martinet (1908).


Among film directors born in France, William Kennedy Dickson ranks 34Before him are Frank Darabont (1959), Chris Marker (1921), Julien Duvivier (1896), Jacques Becker (1906), Bertrand Tavernier (1941), and Patrice Chéreau (1944). After him are Guy Hamilton (1922), Germaine Dulac (1882), Jean Rouch (1917), Jacques Copeau (1879), Philippe de Broca (1933), and Yann Arthus-Bertrand (1946).