Joseph Plateau

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Birthday
14, 1801
Birthplace
Belgium
Death Date
Sep 15, 1883 (81)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
14, 1801
Birthplace
Belgium
Death Date
Sep 15, 1883 (81)

About

Belgian physicist who made the first step towards making movies by demonstrating the illusion of the moving image with his device, the phenakistoscope. He was also a Professor of experimental physics at Ghent University.

Before Fame

At six years of age he could already read and write, and was considered a child prodigy.

Trivia

Understanding that images stay on the retina for a short while even after they change, he fashioned a device that used counter rotating disks with repeating drawn images in small increments of motion on one and regularly spaced slits in the other, to demonstrate this.

Family Life

His father was known locally as a talented painter of flowers.

Associated With

Thomas Edison employed some of his discoveries in building his moving-picture machine.