Son of Joseph Fry. Fry was a great scholar; sixteen years of research resulted in Pantographia, a work on languages containing over 200 alphabets. In 1784 he introduced a raised roman letter for the blind, and was awarded a prize by the Edinburgh Society of Arts. (Louis Braille’s system of lines and dots ultimately proved better.) He took over the Fry Letter Foundry with his brother Henry upon their father’s retirement in 1787. He died in 1835.