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There are some really inspiring examples of blind mathematicians. However in my experience I also think problems inside my head using words. So I was wondering if there are some examples of deaf mathematicians who nonetheless where able to make advancements in mathematics.


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How exactly does being deaf prevent you from doing mathematics??? – user2345215 Mar 6 '14 at 0:38
@user2345215, well it certainly doesn't make it any easier... – Christopher A. Wong Mar 6 '14 at 0:39
But you didn't write deaf from birth. I'd guess most people become deaf later on. – user2345215 Mar 6 '14 at 0:41
Oliver Heavisider may qualify – mjb4 Mar 6 '14 at 0:41
oh Tsiolkovitsch was home schooled due to his hearing problems, but he was not deaf. – mjb4 Mar 6 '14 at 0:45
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Oliver Heaviside, Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Guillaume Amontons. See also this list of deaf scientists by scientific field.

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But you can read the question – Carry on Smiling Mar 6 '14 at 1:20
That is a very rude thing to say to any deaf person. – Sanath K. Devalapurkar Mar 6 '14 at 1:36
@SanathDevalapurkar are you referingto prior comment, this answer or the original question? – JoeTaxpayer Mar 6 '14 at 2:34
@JoeTaxpayer The answer as first written. – Sanath K. Devalapurkar Mar 6 '14 at 2:36
@SanathDevalapurkar: Uhm, I'm afraid you're taking my joke in a direction that's diametrically opposed to its original intended meaning... Its point was/is that the existence of deaf mathematicians is (or should be) something as un-surprising and as expected as that of... blond taxi-drivers(!) I mean, if Beethoven could compose music being completely deaf, and if Euler wrote most of his work while being both old and blind, I'm sure deafness has little (if any) effect on logic in general, or math in particular... – Lucian Mar 6 '14 at 3:36

Gerrit van der Mey was a Dutch deaf-blind mathematician, who made progress in early computer science.

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