George Kodak

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George Kodak

''The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.''- George Eastman

George Eastman, also known as George Kodak, was born in Waterville, New York on July 12, 1854. His parents were George Washington Eastman and Maria Kilbourn. George had two older siblings Ellen Maria and Katie. He lived in Waterville, New York for the early years of his life. He lived on a 10-acre farm. As his father's health started getting worse, the family sold the farm and moved to Rochester in 1860. He didn't have time for hobbies. He took care of his family because his father died when he was 8 years old. He was mostly self-educated except when he went to a private school in Rochester. He left school at age 14 and started working.

George Kodak1854 - 1932The Kodak Camera and FilmBy Isabella Zwatschka

George invented the Kodak camera in 1888 and in 1892, he started the Eastman Kodak Company. The invention was important because it was lighter, easy to use and anyone could buy it. The Kodak camera was the first to use rolled film that later helped the movie industry. George Eastman was a philanthropist and gave $100 million to different hospitals and universities. He even has a statue at the University of Rochester. Also he has an award named after him called The George Eastman Award.

George Eastman Statue

George Eastman never got married and had no children. He retired from work in 1925. On March 14, 1932 George Eastman died of suicide because he was in too much pain from a disease of the spine. He will always be remembered as one of the outstanding philanthropists of his time.


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