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Auguste, the Humanist

"We owe the happiness of our childhood to the good sense of our father, who showed himself as an incomparable teacher." Auguste Lumière, Mes Travaux et mes Jours, Ed. La Colombe 1952.

It All Began at the School of La Martinière
Antoine Lumière, for whom "knowledge was no good without know-how," chose an applied education for his two sons at the Ecole de La Martinière, with the goal of developing their spirit of observation, initiative, order and method. The programme was conducted according to the Masonic and Saint-Simonian doctrines that reigned within the heart of the family. It was thus that Auguste Lumière Auguste Lumière
Lumière, Auguste-Marie-Louis-Nicolas, photographer, industrialism, clinician. b: Besançon (Doubs), October 19, 1862 ? d: Lyon 7e, April 10, 1954.
, the eldest son, was moulded through the synthesis of this solid instruction and an enlightened education. There were two passions living within him: photography and medicine. Always a photographer, industrialist and clinician, he was invested in the scientific societies. In 1892, Auguste co-founded (along with his brother) the Société des plaques et papiers photographiques Antoine Lumière et ses fils [The Antoine Lumière and Sons' Society for Photographic Plates and Paper]. In 1896, he created the first French pharmaco-dynamic laboratory and founded the  Société des produits chimiques spéciaux "Brevets Lumière" Société des produits chimiques spéciaux "Brevets Lumière"
At the time, medicine was prepared by pharmacist. The Brevets Lumière [Lumière Patients] company was the first in France to manufacture pharmaceutical products outside of the pharmacy.
  [Society of Special Chemical Products "Lumière Patents"].  In 1926, he opened the Clinique Lumière, and in 1928 he was elected corresponding member of French Académie de médecine.

At Medical School 
From 1896, Auguste split his time between the photographic and the pharmaco-dynamic laboratories, situated at the centre of the Lumière Factories. His father-in-law, doctor Amand Gélibert, guided him in his first steps toward becoming a medical practitioner. In 1903, he created the Avenir médical [Medical Future], a review whose columns were largely open to his innovative ideas. This review was equally meant to promote the medical products of the Lumière Laboratories. August possessed a great capacity for work and knew how to team with competent and enthusiastic collaborators, such as doctor Paul Vigne. Through the Lumière Patents such original medicines as anti-sceptics, analgesics, anti-thermics and anti-anorexics were conceived and commercialized.

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