Louis Braille

1809 - 1852

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Louis Braille ( brayl; French: [lwi bʁɑj]; 4 January 1809 – 6 January 1852) was a French educator and the inventor of a reading and writing system named after him, braille, intended for use by visually impaired people. His system is used worldwide and remains virtually unchanged to this day. Braille was blinded at the age of three in one eye as a result of an accident with a stitching awl in his father's harness making shop. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Braille has received more than 2,008,517 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Louis Braille is the 12th most popular inventor (down from 11th in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from France (down from 66th in 2019) and the most popular French Inventor.

Louis Braille is most famous for inventing a system of writing for the blind and visually impaired. This system, called braille, is composed of raised dots that can be read by touch.

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Among inventors, Louis Braille ranks 12 out of 426Before him are Elon Musk, Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Benz, Henry Ford, Guglielmo Marconi, and Charles Babbage. After him are Samuel Morse, Cai Lun, Nikolaus Otto, Louis Daguerre, George Stephenson, and Rudolf Diesel.

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Among people born in 1809, Louis Braille ranks 6Before him are Charles Darwin, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Felix Mendelssohn, and Nikolai Gogol. After him are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Albert Pike, Bruno Bauer, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Joseph Liouville. Among people deceased in 1852, Louis Braille ranks 2Before him is Nikolai Gogol. After him are Ada Lovelace, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Friedrich Fröbel, Henry Clay, Auguste de Marmont, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Johan Gadolin, Karl Bryullov, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, and Vasily Zhukovsky.

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In France

Among people born in France, Louis Braille ranks 81 out of 6,770Before him are Jacques-Louis David (1748), William the Conqueror (1028), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Louis the Pious (778), Henry III of France (1551), and Madame du Barry (1743). After him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744), Louis XVII of France (1785), Pierre de Coubertin (1863), Jacques Chirac (1932), Louis IX of France (1214), and Pope Urban II (1042).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Louis Braille ranks 1After him are Louis Daguerre (1787), Rudolf Diesel (1858), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Denis Papin (1647), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas Appert (1749), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Louis Renault (1877), Louis Blériot (1872), Claude Chappe (1763), and Jacques de Vaucanson (1709).