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Louis Braille

1809 - 1852

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Louis Braille (; French: [lwi bʁɑj]; 4 January 1809 – 6 January 1852) was a French educator and the inventor of a reading and writing system, named braille after him, 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 1,698,852 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Louis Braille is the 11th most popular inventor, the 66th most popular biography from France (up from 108th 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 11 out of 354Before him are James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elon Musk, Karl Benz, and Guglielmo Marconi. After him are Charles Babbage, Samuel Morse, Rudolf Diesel, Nikolaus Otto, George Stephenson, and Cai Lun.

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Among people born in 1809, Louis Braille ranks 5Before him are Charles Darwin, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln, and Felix Mendelssohn. After him are Nikolai Gogol, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Bruno Bauer, Albert Pike, William Ewart Gladstone, and Joseph Liouville. Among people deceased in 1852, Louis Braille ranks 1After him are Nikolai Gogol, Friedrich Fröbel, Ada Lovelace, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Henry Clay, Auguste de Marmont, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Johan Gadolin, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, Karl Bryullov, and Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden.

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In France

Among people born in France, Louis Braille ranks 66 out of 6,011Before him are Jacques-Louis David (1748), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Charles Perrault (1628), Claude Debussy (1862), Henri Becquerel (1852), and Cardinal Richelieu (1585). After him are Hector Berlioz (1803), Maximilien Robespierre (1758), Gustave Eiffel (1832), Romain Rolland (1866), Louis IX of France (1214), and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Louis Braille ranks 1After him are Rudolf Diesel (1858), Louis Daguerre (1787), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Denis Papin (1647), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Nicolas Appert (1749), Louis Blériot (1872), Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), and André-Jacques Garnerin (1769).