Louis Braille (1809-1852) was a French educator who developed a system of printing and writing used extensively by the
blind. Braille was himself blind. Soon after his third birthday, he accidentally stabbed an awl into his left eye, blinding it. A
resulting infection spread and left him blind in both eyes.
Authentic 1975 stamp. Louis Braille was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day and is known worldwide simply as braille.