How was Braille developed

Louis Braille - The inventor of Braille

The Frenchman Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in Coupvray near Paris and died on January 6, 1852 in Paris.

As a blind person he developed Braille, which is also called Braille after him.

In doing so, he gave many blind people access to the world of books.

As a three year old, Louis Braille injured his eye so badly that he lost his eyesight.

He later became a student at the National Institute for the Blind in Paris. There he worked as a tutor, teacher for the blind and church organist at the age of 19.

Here he taught using a 12-point braille, which he thought was much too complicated.

He created a new scannable font based on a six-point system.

Louis Braille later invented a notation based on the six dots. To this day it is both the only useful and at the same time perfect way for blind people to read and write sheet music.

With this, Louis Braille created the prerequisites for blind people to find their income as professional musicians.

Braille was not officially introduced for teaching in French schools for the blind until 1850. In Germany it was introduced in 1879.

But Louis Braille did not live to see the international triumph of his ingenious invention, as he died of tuberculosis as early as 1852.