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George Eastman

inventor, manufacturer, philanthropist
Born: 7/12/1854
Birthplace: Waterville, N.Y.

Eastman is largely responsible for stimulating popular interest in photography through his inventions and through their mass production via the Eastman Kodak Company. Most notable among his inventions were a dry-plate process, roll film and a camera to use it, and color photography process. He built one of the country's first plants to mass-produce products and was a pioneer in offering profit-sharing to employees. His philanthropic endeavors amounted to approximately $100 million and beneficiaries included the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and MIT.

Died: 3/14/1932

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