PLATEAU CREATES MOTION PICTURES
Plateau, blind half of his life, develops devices to show motion from hand-drawn images, opening the road to the modern motion picture--Stampfer independently invents similar apparatus--Persistence of vision studied.
PLATEAU, A BELGIAN scientist who became blind in work that resulted in making it possible for millions all over the world to see motion pictures, deserves more than anyone else the title, "Father of the Motion Picture." Just as Athanasius Kircher originated projection as we know it with the magic lantern, Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau has the best claim of all to credit for making the motion picture illusion a reality.
Never interested in profits for himself, Plateau did not trouble to patent his magic disk picture machines but took pains to issue correct instructions when commercial imitators made devices lacking in some essential.
Plateau was born on Oct. 14, 1801, at Brussels, Belgium, the son of a landscape and flower painter. His mother was the former Catherine Thirion. From earliest boyhood, Plateau was trained to be an artist and the nature of his studies and work in later life indicated that he must have shown great promise, for he had the temperamental qualities of a great artist. After his elementary studies, his father lost no time in directing his son's attention towards the arts by sending him to the Academy of Design at Brussels.
At the age of 14 Plateau was left an orphan, and was made a