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He was the inventor of Braille, a worldwide system used by blind and visually impaired people for reading and writing. Braille is read by passing the fingers over characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points. It has been adapted to almost every known language.

Louis Braille became blind at the age of 3, when he accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with an awl, one of his father’s workshop tools. Braille’s other eye went blind because of sympathetic ophthalmia.

At the very young age of 10, Braille earned a scholarship to the National institute for the blind in the Paris, one of the first of its kind in the world. However, the conditions in the school were not notably better. Louis was served stale bread and water, and students were sometimes abused or locked up as a form of punishment.

Braille became a well-respected teacher at the Institute. Although he was admire and respected by his pupils, his Braille system was not taught at the institute during his lifetime. The air at the institute was foul and he died in Paris of tuberculosis in 1852 at the age of 43. His system was finally officially recognized in France two year after his death, in 1854.