Demenÿ, Georges

BORN 12 Jun 1850, Douai, Nord - DIED 26 Oct 1917, Paris: 18e
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 09)

Georges Demenÿ worked was the assistent of Étienne Jules Marey (1831-1904) from 1882. They took photographs of the movements of humans and animals, first using glass plates and later using filmstrips. He patented the Phonoscope in 1892 and started a company to sell it. Marey hadn't approved this and he fired him in 1894. He renamed to Phonoscope to bioscope and joined forces with Leon Gaumont to sell it in 1896 without much success.

He directed several movies, among them "Serpentine Dance: Loïe Fuller" (1897). In 1903 he founded the Cours supérieur d'éducation physique in Paris. He was the brother of the poet Paul Demeny, a friend of Rimbaud.


The grave of Georges Demeneÿ at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)


Georges Demeny | Science Museum Group Collection
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Published: 27 Jan 2019
Last update: 30 Dec 2023