Louis Braille, inventor
Jan. 4, 1809-Jan. 6, 1854
Louis Braille by Dennis B. Fradin, illustrated by Rob Sauber (Silver Burdett, 1997)
Louis Braille, a French boy who lost his sight as a young boy, invented a reading system for the blind when he was only 15.
Learn Braille's alphabet and number system at the American Foundation for the Blind site.