List of blind people

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The following is a list of notable blind people.

Activists and organizers of the blind[edit]

Adventurers[edit]

Artists[edit]

Acting and performing[edit]

Music[edit]

Visual artists[edit]

  • Esref Armagan – Turkish painter, born blind.[70]
  • John Bramblitt – American painter & writer, lost sight in 2001, paints realistically through touch techniques[71] with intense color.
  • Keith Salmon – English painter & sculptor, blind through diabetes retinopathy.[72]

Writers[edit]

Other[edit]

Athletes and sportspersons[edit]

Engineers[edit]

Mathematicians and scientists[edit]

  • Jacob Bolotin – the world's first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine.
  • Gustaf DalénSwedish inventor and Nobel Prize winner, who continued to make inventions and lead his company despite being blinded in an accident.
  • Leonhard Euler – Swiss mathematician and physicist who went almost totally blind at fifty-nine, but his productivity on mathematics did not decrease throughout his life.
  • François Huber – Swiss naturalist who made fundamental contributions to melittology.
  • Bernard Morin – topologist from France.[91]
  • Abraham Nemeth – Developed Nemeth Braille for blind students in science and math.[92]
  • 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.[93]
  • Lev PontryaginSoviet mathematician who went blind at fourteen. He continued mathematical study with the help of his mother Tatyana Andreevna, and made major discoveries in a number of fields of mathematics.
  • Nicholas Saunderson – English mathematician who went blind at the age of twelve months, held in high esteem by Isaac Newton.[94]
  • Yuma Antoine Decaux - French-Australian Mathematician Computer Scienist who went blind as the result of an accident. Founder of OSeyeris a spatial awareness company that makes software and hardware that is accessible to the blind, winner of the 2018 James Dyson award and 2019 Holman Prize. [95]

Medical professionals[edit]

  • Dr. Satish Amarnath – an Indian Medical Microbiologist who became totally blind after an acid attack.

Politicians[edit]

Political activists[edit]

Saints[edit]

Diplomats[edit]

Others[edit]

Fictional[edit]

  • Daredevil – Blind Marvel Comics superhero
  • Geordi La Forge was blind since birth, but uses a VISOR and later ocular implants that allow him to see the electromagnetic spectrum. The character was created by Gene Roddenberry as a positive role model for the disabled.
  • Toph Beifong from the show Avatar: The Last Airbender was born blind, but uses her Earthbending abilities to sense vibrations and "see" things that are in contact with the earth. For this reason, she hates flying and sailing, as she lacks contact with the ground and is truly blind.
  • Reader- a blind inhuman who has the ability to make anything he reads manifest into reality. He needs to sleep in between uses of his powers.
  • Tommy, the titular character of an album by The Who. His blindness, along with his deafness and muteness, are actually psychosomatic.
  • Phillip Enright – Main character of The Cay who becomes temporarily blind due to a concussion.
  • Jerec was a Star Wars character who served Emperor Palpatine as an Inquisitor. A Miraluka, he was born without eyes.
  • Tahl, a love interest of Qui-Gon Jinn, was rendered blind after being held captive. However, with the use of the Force, she was able to compensate for her blindness.
  • Halcyon "Hal" Green, a character from the short story "The Diary of Luke Castellan" of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, was a blind seer who antagonist Luke Castellan befriended long before his fall from grace.
  • Master Po from the Kung Fu TV series.
  • Garrett from Quest for Camelot, a love interest of Kayley, was rendered blind after being struck accidentally by a horse during a stable fire. But uses his skills he learnt from Ayden, a silver-winged falcon, to survive whilst living in the Forbidden Forest.

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