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Google celebrates Eadweard J. Muybridge through Google Doodle


Google honors Eadweard J. Muybridge a photographer of dutch ancestry born on 9th April 1830 through Google Doodle. Eadweard J. Muybridge lived all of his life in United States only. Eadweard J. Muybridge is famous for his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures which became the basis for motion pictures.

Eadweard J. Muybridge, developed the technology which became the basic of motion film while finding the answer of the question that “whether all four of a horse’s hooves are off the ground at the same time during the trot”? The question was proposed by then governor of California Leland Stanford who is also founder of Stanford university. He was hired by Leland Stanford and he solved the question.

Eadweard J. Muybridge used the Muybridge a series of large cameras that used glass plates placed in a line, each one being triggered by a thread as the horse passed. Later a clockwork device was used. The images were copied in the form of silhouettes onto a disc and viewed in a machine called a Zoopraxiscope. The premise for motion picture and cinematography was set by this innovative technology. Eadweard J. Muybridge lacked the credibility in scientific community and because of a fallout in relationship with Leland Stanford he never got the credit for his innovative technology during his era. His techniques are used even now.

Google Doodle is also a replica of his photo known as Sallie Gardner at a Gallop or The Horse in Motion.

Race horse – first film ever by Eadweard J. Muybridge

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