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Author Information for
Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius

A photograph of author C. Michael Mellor.

C. Michael Mellor embarked on a biography of Louis Braille when he first saw the letters of Louis Braille on display at l'Institut National de Jeunes Aveugles, the school in Paris where Louis was a student, teacher, and creator of an embossed code that carries his name.

As editor of the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind for eighteen years, Mike has long held a fascination for braille. His published paper, "Making a Point: The Crusade for a Universal Embossed Code in the United States," was delivered at the International Conference on "The Blind in History and the History of the Blind," in Paris, France, where he came upon Louis's extant letters and decided to translate them for publication.

Mellor holds an MA in the History of Science from the University of Leeds in England, where he was born. During National Service with the Royal Air Force, he maintained electronic equipment on jet fighters. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he enjoys being an urban farmer.

Speaking Engagements

Mike Mellor is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and book signings. Mike is an excellent speaker for drawing attendees to a special event or for making a keynote address - few people in the world know more about the life and times of Louis Braille.

For further information, contact Diane Croft
at, or call 617.266.6160 ext. 421.

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