Seeing in Colour

1917

The colour motion picture process, Technicolor™ was discovered in 1917 by Herbert Kalmus, an MIT graduate who came to Queen’s University in 1910 as a physics professor in the then-School of Mining. The discovery’s success was assured in 1938-39 when Walt Disney and MGM studios adopted it. Ironically, the university reprimanded him for wasting his time on what it saw as a non-scientific matter.

Technicolor™ was the mainstay of the global film industry and most widely-used colour process in Hollywood for nearly 50 years.

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