Louis Braille: Binary Braille

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A bust of Louis Braille: Photograph with kind permission the Louis Braille Museum


Victorian life was not easy at the best of times, but if you had a disability then life was even harder. Blinded in an accident when only a child, Louis Braille invented a representation for letters that any blind person could read by touch. At 15, this French teenage inventor used a series of bumps and no-bumps to represent each letter of the alphabet. He did not know that this technique was a form of binary representation, nor that it would form the basis of modern day computers.

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Computing and History: Research about the life of Louis Braille and try our Lego Braille Activity to create your own code.

This work was supported by the Institute of Coding, which is supported by the Office for Students (OfS).