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Former Mathematics professor featured in national exhibit

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January 04, 2016

Dr. Abraham Nemeth, Mathematics professor from 1955 to 1985, is featured in a traveling exhibit, Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, of the American Printing House for the Blind at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum until January 10.

Nemeth Braille Code

Nemeth, who was blind, created a braille code for use in advanced mathematics.  His invention was accepted as the national standard braille mathematics code.

Prior to the Nemeth Code, blind students were taught to solve problems mentally, or “in their heads,” before there was a substitute for pencil and paper.

In Nemeth’s obituary appearing in the New York Times, October 6, 2013, Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind said the Nemeth Code “enabled many blind people to learn, work and excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The exhibit is scheduled to appear at the Michigan Department of Education – Low Incident Outreach in Lansing from April 6 to May 22 before moving on to Minnesota. 

For more information, please see:

Helen Keller and history of Education for People who are blind at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Helen Keller and history of Education for People who are blind at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Special thanks to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum especially Elizabeth Barker for photographs and the Museum of American Printing House for the Blind for exhibit panels.

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