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Designer of pioneering Braille math code dies

October 3, 2013
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Abraham Nemeth, the blind designer of the internationally recognized Nemeth (NEH' meth) Braille Math Code, has died at his home in suburban Detroit.

Nemeth's niece, Dianne Bekritsky, says he died Wednesday of congestive heart failure in Southfield. Nemeth was 94.

The New York native earned his master's degree in psychology after being deterred by counselors from pursuing his passion for math because he was blind. But his wife encouraged him, leading to his pioneering work with Braille codes.

Nemeth started working on the code in the 1940s, seeking a simpler system to what was being used at the time, and his innovations have been lauded by the blind community.

Bekritsky says her uncle "Abe" also was an accomplished piano player and was adored by family, friends and colleagues.

 
 

 

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