AFB Remembers Dr. Abraham Nemeth
New York (October 3, 2013)—Abraham Nemeth, designer of the internationally recognized Nemeth Braille Math Code that simplifies symbols for use in advanced math and science, passed away Wednesday, October 2, at the age of 94.
"Any scientists, engineers, or mathematicians who are blind owe their careers to Abe and his work. He opened the door for so many," said Carl Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "An extremely passionate advocate, Abe essentially brought math and science to people who are blind."
Nemeth started work on the code in the 1940s, seeking a simpler, streamlined system to what was being used at the time. He continued developing the code until the end of his life.
What Louis Braille did for reading and writing for blind people, Abraham Nemeth did for people who are blind in the sciences. Nemeth has been lauded by his for his work by the blindness community and advocates. In 1999, he received the Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.