Name: Birth Bicentenary of Louis Braille Date of Issue: 23 January 2009 Denominations: 55c Louis lost his sight following an eye injury at the age of three. While a student of the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, Louis was shown a system of raised dots and dashes developed by Charles Barbier, a French army captain, as a method of reading messages in the dark. Recognising its potential, Louis reduced this system to a much simplified grid consisting of just six dots, thereby creating the Braille system. The system was finally recognised in France in 1854, two years after his death.
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