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Einstein invents automatic camera

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December 5, 1936 | Vol. 30 | No. 817        

Einstein invents automatic camera with “electric eye”

Dr. Albert Einstein, the famed proponent of relativity and acknowledged leader of the science of mathematical physics, stands revealed on the records of the U.S. Patent Office as the inventor of a camera that snaps photographs with the proper aperture and exposure auto­matically determined.

He has applied the photo­electric cells or “electric eye” to cameras. Experts reading the patent specifications foresee the possibility that the invention will be practically and commercially important in the next few years.

The patent is No. 2,058,562 and the application was filed on Dec. 11, 1935, by Dr.

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