Famous Blind People

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They say if you lose one sense, the other four becomes stronger. Quite true it is for the below mentioned list of famous blind people who achieved so much in their lifetime despite their physical shortcomings that can put any ‘normal’ or ‘physically perfect’ man/woman to shame. Blindness was just a small obstacle in the journey of greatness for these iconic figures. They did not let the visual impairment come in between their ambition and determination and with a strong grit and resolve, went ahead to conquer the world. Helen Keller, a political activist and author, became the first bind-deaf person to get a Bachelor’s degree of Arts. Composer, musician and producer Stevie Wonder became the ‘Wonder Boy’ of the music industry despite his visual impairment. Had it not been for Louis Braille, no blind person in the world would have ever enjoyed a story or been able to comprehend important paperwork. Inventor of Braille writing, which enables blind people to read through feeling a series of organized bumps representing letters, Louis Braille transformed the world for the visually challenged. And these are just a handful of the many more famous blind men/women who rose above their inadequacies. Check out section to know more about famous blind people who made it big in life.
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Thom Yorke
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)
Thom Yorke
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellingborough
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 2 
Leonhard Euler
(Mathematician, Physicist)
Leonhard Euler
19
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 15, 1707
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Basel
Died: September 18, 1783
 3 
Christine Ha
(First blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012)
Christine Ha
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
 4 
Louis Brandeis
(Former Lawyer & US Supreme Court Associate Justice)
Louis Brandeis
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 13, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 5, 1941
 5 
Joseph Plateau
(Belgian Physicist & Mathematician - One of the First People to Demonstrate the Illusion of a Moving Image)
Joseph Plateau
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 14, 1801
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: September 15, 1883
 6 
Suzanne Lenglen
(Tennis Player)
Suzanne Lenglen
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: 16th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France
Died: July 4, 1938
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Alberto Santos Dumont
(Brazilian aviator)
Alberto Santos Dumont
3
Birthdate: July 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santos Dumont
Died: July 23, 1932
 8 
Mikhail Botvinnik
(Word Chess Champion Known for His Contribution to the Design of the World Chess Championship System)
Mikhail Botvinnik
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Repino, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: May 5, 1995
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Charles F. Kettering
(Inventor, Engineer & Businessman)
Charles F. Kettering
3
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Loudonville, Ohio
Died: November 25, 1958
 10 
Fanny Crosby
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brewster, New York, United States
Died: February 12, 1915
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Gordon Strachan
(Scottish football manager)
Gordon Strachan
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Sam Langford
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Weymouth Falls, Canada
Died: January 12, 1956
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Gordon Brown
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Govan
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 14 
Blind Lemon Jefferson
(Blues & Gospel Singer-Songwriter)
Blind Lemon Jefferson
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 24, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coutchman, Texas, United States
Died: December 19, 1929
 15 
David Blunkett
(Former British Home Secretary)
David Blunkett
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
 16 
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
(musician, singer)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Elcho Island
 17 
John Witherspoon
(Politician)
John Witherspoon
2
Birthdate: February 5, 1723
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gifford, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1794
 18 
Surdas
(Former devotional poet and singer, who was known for his works written in praise of Krishna, the supreme lord)
Surdas
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Birthplace: Faridabad, Haryana, India
Died: 1584 AD
 19 
Joaquín Rodrigo
(Spanish Composer and a Virtuoso Pianist Best Known for Composition 'Concierto de Aranjuez')
Joaquín Rodrigo
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sagunto, Spain
Died: July 6, 1999
 20 
Laura Bridgman
(Educator)
Laura Bridgman
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, New Hampshire,United States
Died: May 24, 1889
 21 
Alfred Noyes
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 16, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wolverhampton
Died: June 28, 1958
 22 
Lennie Tristano
(Jazz Pianist)
Lennie Tristano
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 18, 1978
Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 3, 1777
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buckingham House, London, England
Died: May 27, 1848
 24 
Benito Pérez Galdós
(Spanish Realist Novelist and a Leading Literary Figure in 19th-Century Spain)
Benito Pérez Galdós
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 10, 1843
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Municipality of Las Palmas, Spain
Died: January 4, 1920
 25 
Ravindra Jain
(Musician, Composer)
Ravindra Jain
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aligarh
Died: October 9, 2015
 26 
Vasily II of Moscow
(Prince of Moscow)
Vasily II of Moscow
1
Birthdate: March 10, 1415
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Grand Duchy of Moscow
Died: March 27, 1462
 27 
Thurlow Weed
(Politician)
Thurlow Weed
2
Birthdate: November 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greene County, New York, United States
Died: November 22, 1882
 28 
Antoine-Augustin Cournot
(Philosopher and Mathematician Known for His Contribution to the Development of Economics)
Antoine-Augustin Cournot
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 28, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gray, France
Died: March 31, 1877
 29 
Lev Pontryagin
(Mathematician)
Lev Pontryagin
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 3, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 3, 1988
Maria Theresia von Paradis
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 15, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 1824
 31 
Carleton Watkins
(Photographer)
Carleton Watkins
1
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: November 11, 1829
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oneonta, New York, United States
Died: June 23, 1916
Magnus IV of Norway
1
Birthdate: 1115 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: November 12, 1139
Gilbert of Sempringham
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1083 AD
Birthplace: Sempringham, England
Died: February 4, 1189
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Christoph Graupner
(Harpsichordist)
Christoph Graupner
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 13, 1683
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kirchberg, Germany
Died: May 10, 1760
 35 
Antonio de Cabezón
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 30, 1510
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Castrillo Mota de Judíos, Spain
Died: March 26, 1566
 36 
Jessica Gallagher
(Alpine skier, Athlete)
Jessica Gallagher
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
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John Fielding
(Magistrate)
John Fielding
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 16, 1721
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abergavenny, Wales
Died: September 4, 1780
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Ed Walker
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Forrest
 39 
Charles Joseph Kickham
(Revolutionary)
Charles Joseph Kickham
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 9, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mullinahone, Ireland
Died: August 22, 1882
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Arthur Hinsley
(Archbishop)
Arthur Hinsley
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Carlton, England
Died: March 17, 1943
 41 
Benny Waters
(Musician)
Benny Waters
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 23, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brighton, Maryland, United States
Died: August 11, 1998
 42 
Darpan Inani
(Chess Player)
Darpan Inani
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
 43 
Justinus Kerner
(German Poet and Physician)
Justinus Kerner
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 18, 1786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: February 21, 1862
 44 
Jack Clemo
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Austell, England
Died: July 25, 1994
 45 
Francesca Alexander
(Illustrator)
Francesca Alexander
3
Birthdate: February 27, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 21, 1917