Auguste Lumiere aided his brother, Louis, in developing the first French moviemaking machines before the turn of the century, which made the brothers some of the first filmmakers in history.
In 1895, the Lumiere brothers, both scientists born in Besancon, France, combined their talents to turn out moviemaking cameras and equipment whose principles were still being used at the time of Auguste's death in 1954. Their inventions came out three years after Thomas Edison discovered his method for reproducing movement with successive photographs. Auguste and Louis grew up working in the darkroom of their photographer father, Antoine, and eventually turned the room into a film factory.
Auguste later became an eminent biologist and chemist in the field of medicine. He wrote several books on vitamins, bacteriology and botany.