Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Posted July 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Eastman

George Eastman

Did your family own a Kodak camera? On this day in 1854, inventor George Eastman was born in Waterville, New York.

He was the youngest child of George Washington Eastman and Maria Kilbourn. After the death of his father in 1862 and the death of his older sister in 1870, a 16 year old Eastman left school to start working to help support his family. In 1888, he received a patent for his roll-film camera and registered his trademark, Kodak. Eastman’s invention transformed the entire industry by making photography available to the general public. Suddenly, everyone was able to preserve memories with just the click of a button.

Eastman became a major philanthropist and donated over $100 million to many projects.

In his final years, Eastman suffered from intense pain caused by a spine disorder. On March 14, 1932, he took his own life. He left a note which read, “To my friends, my work is done – Why wait? GE.”

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