Édouard Belin

Intro Inventor
A.K.A. Edouard Bélin, Edouard Belin
Was Photographer
From France
Type Arts
Gender male
Birth 5 March 1876, Vesoul, France
Death 4 March 1963, Montreux, Switzerland (aged 87 years)
Star sign Pisces

Édouard Belin Édouard Belin receiving a telegraph Édouard Belin (Vesoul, Haute-Saône, France, 5 March 1876 – 4 March 1963 in Territet, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland) was a French photographer and inventor. In 1907 Belin invented a phototelegraphic apparatus called the Bélinographe (télestéréographe)—a system for receiving photographs over telephone wires via telegraphic networks. Belin's invention had been used for journalistic photos since 1914, and the process was improved by 1921 to enable transmission of images by radio waves. From 1926, Belin worked on an television apparatus. In 1926, with Holweg, he tested the capacity for the eye to perceive pictures proposed at a very high speed, using a mirror drum. Belin was a president of the French Company of photography.


In this apparatus, the transmitter traverses the original image point by point. At each point a measurement of light intensity is made with an electric eye. The measurement is conveyed to the receiver. There, a variable intensity light source reproduces the light measured by the electric eye, while carrying out same displacements exactly. By doing this, it exposes the photographic paper and makes it possible to obtain a copy of the original image. Other scientists such as Arthur Korn had also been developing technology to transmit images over long distances. Modern telecopiers and photocopiers use the same principle, with this close the sensor of light intensity was replaced by a sensor CCC, and that the device of impression is based on the laser technology, and either photographic.


Belin gave his name to a high school of Vesoul, Haute-Saône, France.

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