Louis Braille

1809 - 1852

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Louis Braille ( (listen); French: [lwi bʁaj]; 4 January 1809 – 6 January 1852) was a French educator and inventor of a reading and writing system for use by people who are visually impaired. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille. 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 1,558,590 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Louis Braille is the 11th most popular inventor, the 108th most popular biography from France (down from 91st in 2019) and the 2nd 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 11 out of 355Before him are James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, and Rudolf Diesel. After him are Charles Babbage, Louis Daguerre, George Stephenson, Samuel Morse, Nikolaus Otto, and Cai Lun.

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

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In France

Among people born in France, Louis Braille ranks 108 out of 5,234Before him are Philip II of France (1165), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Albert Schweitzer (1875), Louis XII of France (1462), Paul Verlaine (1844), and Godfrey of Bouillon (1060). After him are George Sand (1804), Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663), Charles VII of France (1403), Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708), Georges Danton (1759), and François Villon (1431).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Louis Braille ranks 2Before him are Rudolf Diesel (1858). After him are Louis Daguerre (1787), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Denis Papin (1647), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas Appert (1749), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Louis Blériot (1872), Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), and Alphonse Bertillon (1853).