I knew Dr. Nemeth during his lifetime. I first heard of him in 1959 when I received my first copy of his code for producing mathematical Braille. I still have that one volume Braille book in my library. Dr. Nemeth’s code provided me and many blind people with our first systematic entree to writing mathematical symbols and formula in Braille, the reading and writing language of blind persons. Over the years Dr. Nemeth improved and enhanced his code.
He was a force for Braille and for the education of blind people all over the world. I will miss his humor and wisdom, and I am sure many other blind people will miss him as well.
Here is the press release by National Federation of the Blind
National Federation of the Blind Mourns Passing of Dr. Abraham Nemeth Honors His Pioneering Work to Enhance Braille Baltimore, Maryland (October 2,2013):
The National Federation of the Blind today mourns the death of Dr.
Abraham Nemeth, the scientist who invented the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Scientific Notation and was a lifelong champion of Braille.
Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind,
said: Dr. Nemeth had a great mind and a wonderful sense of humor. His invention of the Braille code that bears his name has enabled many blind people to learn, work, and excel in scientific, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and his tireless Braille advocacy work undoubtedly changed countless lives.
He will be sorely missed and his contributions will be valued by generations to come.
For more information about Dr. Nemeth and his groundbreaking Braille code, please read The History of the Braille Code: An Interview with Dr. Abraham Nemeth, from the Future Reflections 2009 Special Issue: A Celebration of Braille.