It's the birthday of Eadweard Muybridge
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:32.
It was on this date in 1830 that photographer Eadweard Muybridge was born in Kingston upon Thames, England. Muybridge emigrated to the United States and in 1855 settled in San Francisco, where he worked first as a bookseller and then as a photographer. In 1872 former governor of California Leland Stanford commissioned Muybridge to settle with photography the question of whether all four of a trotting horse's hooves are off the ground at the same time.
You can read about the photos that resulted—and about the stormy relationship between Muybridge and Stanford—in this Stanford Magazine article.
Today's Google's Doodle celebrates Muybridge's photography, which laid the technological groundwork for motion pictures.
Take a look at SearchWorks for titles and photos by Eadweard Muybridge.