Laurent Clerc

Laurent Clerc (* 26. December 1785 in Lyon; † 18. July 1869 in Washington, D.C., the USA) is one of the most important historical figures in the history of the deaf its nature of the USA.

Laurent Clerc could hear from birth, fell however as one year's one into a fire place. As consequence it lost hearing and sense of smell and kept a burned right face half. The later bearing character of it - thus its “name” with the pigeons - was based on this characteristic. With 12 years Clerc came as a pupil into Nationalinstitut for deafChildren of the Abbé de l'Epée in Paris, where it was asked after the conclusion to remain as auxiliary teachers.

There he taught also the US-American Reverend Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet the bearing language. Gallaudet trachtete to furnish in the USA a school for pigeon and held itselfin addition study for the sake of to Paris Nationalinstitut up. Clerc followed the request of Gallaudet to return with it to the USA and develop a school there. Laurent Clerc became after the mechanism of the “Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction OF Deaf and Dumb person” in hard Ford itsfirst teacher and remained until 1858. Although Clerc wanted only one year assistance to carry out, he remained up to his death 1869 in the USA.


  • Lane, Harlan: “Hear with the soul”. Button publishing house.


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