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 John Nash Ott

John Nash Ott

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 6 Apr 2000 (aged 90)
Florida, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Lake Section, lot 21
Memorial ID 9883 · View Source
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Photographer, Inventor. After 20 years as a successful Chicago banker, Ott turned his life-time hobby of photography into a full-time career. Intrigued by the relationship of light waves to plant growth patterns, he created photobiology the technology known as time-lapse photography. Time lapse photography allows our eyes to see in a few seconds an event that may have taken hours or even days to unfold, such as plants growing, flowers blooming, birds in flight, etc. In 1956, his work captured the attention of Walt Disney, who had Ott create the time-lapse photography for the Disney TV nature series and film, "The Secrets of Life". In the 1970s, Cincinnati Reds' scout Rex Bowen contacted Ott with a question about baseball caps. Bowen described that the underside of the visor worn by Major League players was traditionally green. Ott concluded that the green color could hamper the players' performance and that the underside should be gray. Thus now all Major League players caps are underside gray. In the 1980s, his patented time-lapse photography technology was licensed to be used for many International optic light systems companies, film studios, medical research and military services. He died on April 12, 2000, of natural causes at age 90.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9883
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Nash Ott (23 Oct 1909–6 Apr 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9883, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .