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Gordon Legge Awarded Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

May 6, 2015

Portrait: Gordon Legge

Portrait: Gordon Legge
Distinguished McKnight University Professor Gordon Legge, Department of Psychology (Photo from Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research)

Professor Gordon Legge has received the prestigious 2015 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. The award is jointly presented by the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education and BrightFocus Foundation.

Legge is being recognized for his seminal contributions to understanding vision and reading, especially the consequences of low vision. 

Legge is the director of the Minnesota Laboratory for Low Vision Research and a McKnight University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is widely recognized for his groundbreaking application of vision science to the understanding and improvement of everyday problems in reading and mobility, as encountered by people with low vision. One of his primary accomplishments has been to explain the role of vision in reading, including why and how different eye diseases result in serious reading problems. Legge, who has low vision himself, said he hopes to be “a role model for what is possible in science and daily life,” noting that Helen Keller was a role model for all people with disabilities.

Helen Keller laureates are chosen annually by a distinguished panel of biomedical scientists and research physicians  out of a research community of 20,000 scientists and clinicians worldwide.