Valentin Haüy

1745 - 1822

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Valentin Haüy (pronounced [aɥi]; 13 November 1745 – 19 March 1822) was the founder, in 1785, of the first school for the blind, the Institute for Blind Youth in Paris (now Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles, or the National Institute for the Young Blind, INJA). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Valentin Haüy has received more than 89,945 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Valentin Haüy is the 976th most popular religious figure (down from 972nd in 2019), the 1,579th most popular biography from France (up from 1,581st in 2019) and the 76th most popular French Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Valentin Haüy ranks 976 out of 2,272Before him are Ibn Sa'd, Peter Faber, Günter Guillaume, Joanna, wife of Chuza, John of Montecorvino, and Hudson Taylor. After him are Jael, Pietro Parolin, Paula of Rome, Otto of Bamberg, Ascanio Sforza, and Antipope Victor IV.

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Among people born in 1745, Valentin Haüy ranks 14Before him are Levin August von Bennigsen, Johan Christian Fabricius, Andrianampoinimerina, Casimir Pulaski, Fyodor Ushakov, and Johan Gottlieb Gahn. After him are George Atwood, Şahin Giray, Denis Fonvizin, Mihrişah Sultan, Jens Juel, and Gregory V of Constantinople. Among people deceased in 1822, Valentin Haüy ranks 13Before him are Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, Giovanni Battista Venturi, Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, René Just Haüy, and Paolo Ruffini. After him are Jean-Robert Argand, Karl August von Hardenberg, Johann Matthäus Bechstein, Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, Edward Daniel Clarke, and Sophie de Condorcet.

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Among people born in France, Valentin Haüy ranks 1,579 out of 5,234Before him are Armand de Vignerot du Plessis (1696), Yolande of Valois (1434), Karim Benzema (1987), Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia (1909), Audrey Tautou (1976), and Jean-Luc Dehaene (1940). After him are Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre (1725), Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (1640), André Courrèges (1923), Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (1929), Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811), and Philibert I, Duke of Savoy (1465).


Among religious figures born in France, Valentin Haüy ranks 76Before him are William Farel (1489), Sebastian Castellio (1515), Lothair II of Italy (1000), Hugh of Cluny (1024), Odilo of Cluny (961), and Peter Faber (1506). After him are Jacques Paul Migne (1800), Maurice de Sully (1110), Marcabru (1200), John of Matha (1150), Raymonde de Laroche (1882), and Yves Congar (1904).