Louis Braille - Inventor of Braille, Timeline and Facts

Home  ›  French  ›  Louis BrailleJanuary 4, 1809160 views

0.0 based on 0 rates

Louis Braille's Personal Details

Louis Braille was a French educationist and inventor who devised a system of reading and writing for use by the blind

InformationDetail
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1809
Died onJanuary 6, 1852
NationalityFrench
FamousDiscoverers, Inventor of Braille, Inventors, Inventors & Discoverers
SiblingsMonique Catherine Josephine Braille
Universities
  • Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles
  • Royal Institution for Blind Youth
Discoveries / Inventions
  • Braille
Cause of deathTuberculosis
Birth PlaceCoupvray
GenderMale
FatherSimon-René Braille
MotherMonique Braille
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inCoupvray
Famous asInventor of Braille
Died at Age43

// Famous Discoverers

Louis Braille's photo

Who is Louis Braille?

Louis Braille was a French educationist, who is regarded as one of the greatest contributors to the field of reading and writing systems for the visually impaired. Braille used to visit his father’s leather workshop and often worked with pieces of leather when he was a child; however, he injured his eyes in an accident when he was trying to pierce a piece of leather. The injury was the reason why he went blind at the age of five. His parents tried to give him a standard education and when he was grown up he was sent to Paris to study at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth. It was at the institute that Braille came into contact with a reading system for blind people and later on he met with Charles Barbier, who showed the reading system that he had invented on his own. It proved to be the inspiration for Braille to design his own reading system for blind people and the most important feature of his reading system was its simplicity as well as the fact that blind people could also write using his system. Although Braille’s system did not get enough recognition during his lifetime, it became the universal reading and writing system for blind people in the subsequent years.

// Famous Inventor of Braille

Childhood & Early Life

Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in Coupvray, France to Simon-Rene Braille and Monique Braille. His father Simon-Rene had a successful leather merchant and the family lived in a large house. He had three sisters.

Louis Braille was interested in his father’s leather business right from the time he was a child and often spent time at the workshop. When he was three years old, he had an accident while trying to penetrate a piece of leather with an awl as the awl slipped and struck his eye. The eye caught an infection and soon spread to the other eye. By the time he was five, Louis Braille had lost his eyesight entirely.

Braille’s parents encouraged him to lead a normal life and the child did show a willingness to learn despite his handicap. In 1819, Braille was sent to Paris to study at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth where he was to receive his education after being educated at a school in his naive Coupvray in his early years.

During his time at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, Louis Braille was introduced to the ‘Hauy system’, a reading system developed by the founder of the institute Valentin Hauy. Braille was not convinced that it was the best possible reading system for blind people since it did not help the people with their writing.

Career

Louis Braille started working as a teacher at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in Paris in 1826 and within seven years, he had become a professor at the same institute. Braille was a teacher of geometry, algebra and also history. Around the same time, Braille also developed into an enthusiastic cellist and organ player. His keen ear for good music was the primary reason why he was drawn to those instruments.

In 1821, Louis Braille came into contact with Charles Barbier who had devised a reading system for soldiers that could help them in communicating by running their figures over the impressions of the different letters and each letter used to be a combination of dots and dashes. This system gave Braille the idea that he could develop a system that could be beneficial for blind people for both reading and writing.

Louis Braille worked on his ideas to create his own reading system for some years and after working hard on it for close to eight years, his system of raised dots for different letters was officially published in 1829.

Eight years later, in 1837, the second edition was published and it was Braille who had designed the whole system from start to finish. It would go on to become the universal reading system for blind persons.

In 1839, Louis Braille published the book ‘New Method for Representing the Dots’ which was supposed to show a way in which blind persons could write that could be read by people who weren’t blind. The system was called decapoint. Braille’s reading and writing system was not implemented at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth but would gain popularity later on. Subsequently, his frail health and respiratory troubles meant that he did not produce much work of note in the autumn of his life. He gave up teaching at the age of 40.

Major Works

Louis Braille’s greatest achievement in his life is without doubt his invention of the Braille reading and writing system for blind people that allowed millions of blind people from all across the world the opportunity to read, write and get a complete education.

Personal Life & Legacy

Louis Braille died on January 6, 1852 at the Royal Institution in Paris due to a respiratory illness. Many believed that he actually suffered from tuberculosis.

Louis Braille has been commemorated in coins, stamps and statues at different locations all over the world.

// Famous Inventors

Louis Braille biography timelines

  • // 4th Jan 1809
    Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in Coupvray, France to Simon-Rene Braille and Monique Braille. His father Simon-Rene had a successful leather merchant and the family lived in a large house. He had three sisters.
  • // 1819
    Braille’s parents encouraged him to lead a normal life and the child did show a willingness to learn despite his handicap. In 1819, Braille was sent to Paris to study at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth where he was to receive his education after being educated at a school in his naive Coupvray in his early years.
  • // 1821
    In 1821, Louis Braille came into contact with Charles Barbier who had devised a reading system for soldiers that could help them in communicating by running their figures over the impressions of the different letters and each letter used to be a combination of dots and dashes. This system gave Braille the idea that he could develop a system that could be beneficial for blind people for both reading and writing.
  • // 1826
    Louis Braille started working as a teacher at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in Paris in 1826 and within seven years, he had become a professor at the same institute. Braille was a teacher of geometry, algebra and also history. Around the same time, Braille also developed into an enthusiastic cellist and organ player. His keen ear for good music was the primary reason why he was drawn to those instruments.
  • // 1829
    Louis Braille worked on his ideas to create his own reading system for some years and after working hard on it for close to eight years, his system of raised dots for different letters was officially published in 1829.
  • // 1837
    Eight years later, in 1837, the second edition was published and it was Braille who had designed the whole system from start to finish. It would go on to become the universal reading system for blind persons.
  • // 1839
    In 1839, Louis Braille published the book ‘New Method for Representing the Dots’ which was supposed to show a way in which blind persons could write that could be read by people who weren’t blind. The system was called decapoint. Braille’s reading and writing system was not implemented at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth but would gain popularity later on. Subsequently, his frail health and respiratory troubles meant that he did not produce much work of note in the autumn of his life. He gave up teaching at the age of 40.
  • // 6th Jan 1852
    Louis Braille died on January 6, 1852 at the Royal Institution in Paris due to a respiratory illness. Many believed that he actually suffered from tuberculosis.

// Famous Inventors & Discoverers

Louis Braille's FAQ

  • What is Louis Braille birthday?

    Louis Braille was born at 1809-01-04

  • When was Louis Braille died?

    Louis Braille was died at 1852-01-06

  • Where was Louis Braille died?

    Louis Braille was died in Paris

  • Which age was Louis Braille died?

    Louis Braille was died at age 43

  • Where is Louis Braille's birth place?

    Louis Braille was born in Coupvray

  • What is Louis Braille nationalities?

    Louis Braille's nationalities is French

  • Who is Louis Braille siblings?

    Louis Braille's siblings is Monique Catherine Josephine Braille

  • What was Louis Braille universities?

    Louis Braille studied at Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles, Royal Institution for Blind Youth

  • What is Louis Braille's inventions/discoveries?

    Braille was invented (or discovered) by Louis Braille

  • What is Louis Braille's cause of dead?

    Louis Braille dead because of Tuberculosis

  • Who is Louis Braille's father?

    Louis Braille's father is Simon-René Braille

  • Who is Louis Braille's mother?

    Louis Braille's mother is Monique Braille

  • What is Louis Braille's sun sign?

    Louis Braille is Capricorn

  • How famous is Louis Braille?

    Louis Braille is famouse as Inventor of Braille