Reference Entry

Eastman, George

Gary Galván

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print November 2013 |
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Romantic Music
  • Contemporary Music


Show Summary Details


(b Waterville, NY, July 12, 1854; d Rochester, NY, March 14, 1932). American inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist. An autodidact, he pioneered modern photography with the development of a practical portable camera, affordable film, and simplified development processes that led to the mass production of photographic equipment. With thirty-two patents to his credit, Eastman established the Eastman Kodak Company as the world’s largest camera and film supplier and himself as one of the ten wealthiest men in the United States.

Eastman became one of the five most generous philanthropists in the United States, along with John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Milton S. Hershey. A lifelong bachelor, Eastman distributed approximately $100 million of his fortune, primarily to educational and scientific institutions and largely anonymously. For example, Eastman’s frequent gifts to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in the name of “Mr. Smith” and prompted a campus song about the unknown benefactor set to the tune of “Marching through Georgia.” In the realm of music, Eastman purchased the D.K.G. (Dossenbach-Klingenberg-Gareisson) Institute of Musical Arts to create the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in ...

Reference Entry.  299 words. 

Subjects: Romantic Music ; Contemporary Music

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.