[FOM] blind logicians and mathematicians
grue at diku.dk
Thu May 21 16:30:45 EDT 2009
> Here is a somewhat unconventional question: is anyone aware of there
> being or having been professional blind logicians or mathematicians? (Of
> a certain standing, of course.) I mean literally blind, or severely
> visually impaired as the politically correct term has it.
Googling Joseph Plateau gave this:
Wikipedia -> List of blind people -> Mathematicians and scientists:
* Gustaf Dalén - Swedish inventor and Nobel Prize winner, who
continued to make inventions and lead his company despite being blinded in
* Bernard Morin - topologist from France.
* Abraham Nemeth - Developed Nemeth Braille for blind students in
science and math.
* Joseph Plateau - Physicist who went blind at forty-two when he gazed
too long at the sun. After his blindness his scientific work diminished,
but did not entirely end.
* Nicholas Saunderson - English mathematician who went blind at the
age of twelve months, held in high esteem by Isaac Newton.
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