Autism being a neuro-development disorder comes with a number of problems like social interactions, eye contact, etc. Since people with autism face a problem in communicating with others some of us consider them to be worthless and a burden. It’s time we shed away this mentality because there are a number of people who have gained popularity and recognition in spite of being autistic. Let’s meet 9 famous people with autism.
Most of the individuals on this list did not know that they had signs of autism. It is only the research and analysis of their behavioral traits that has proved that they suffered from autism.
#1 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart is counted one among the most talented musician and composer the world has ever seen. But did you he is one of the most famous person with autism. He started composing music at the age of 5. He is said to have had repeated facial expressions and was very sensitive even in the case of hearing. But apart from these problems, his work is considered to be the finest classical music ever produced and many of them are even popular till date.
Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists to have ever lived. His works are some of the most popular ones among all times. Seeing his talent he was asked to paint the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by the Pope. This took him almost 4 years to complete the entire project. His most famous piece is the statue of David, the epitome of Renaissance sculpture.
However, he was a loner and gave his undivided attention to his art. It is believed that Michelangelo met the criteria for high-functioning autism. Nevertheless, he gave the world some of the best masterpieces.
#3 Sir Isaac Newton
Newton was a very quiet and serious man. He used to be so much focused on his work that at times he even forgot to have his food. He was not really a person who used to make friends all around. Even the people whom he claimed to be his friends hardly spoke to them too. He was so serious with his schedule that he completed that particular task in the stipulated time. He was also impatient and jealous of others.
Many scientists believe that Sir Isaac Newton had traits of Asperger’s Syndrome.
#4 Charles Darwin
The father of evolutionary biology Charles Darwin is believed to have had Asperger’s Syndrome and suffered from behavioral disorder. It is believed that the same genes that produce autism are also responsible for creativity and originality. Darwin was highly focus and meticulous. He used to take long walks but preferred solitary confinement.
#5 Pablo Picasso
A 20th Century craftsman who’s credited with driving and rousing the cubist development of specialists, Picasso was a wonderful man and one of the famous people with autism. He survived two world wars however never battled; spending the second in Nazi possessed France where he kept on painting and shape all through the contention. Picasso is still adored as a standout amongst the most progressive and achieved craftsmen ever known.
#6 Thomas Jefferson
The book ‘Diagnosing Jefferson’ by Norm Legin states that the problems faced by Thomas Jefferson, like social and communication impairments, are indicative of Asperger’s Syndrome. The preface of the book was written by Temple Grandin, supporting the theory. Temple Grandin, herself, suffers from autism and is considered a famous people with autism as well.
#7 James Durbin
James Durbin came fourth one the Americal Idol Season 11 and was one of the most popular contestants. James was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and tourette syndrome when he was 10 years old. His mother was his pillar of strength. He was bullied at school but music gave him that personal space. James is a great example that with family support one with autism can lead a healthy and normal life.
#8 Daryl Hannah
80s popular actress, Actress Daryl Hannah was diagnosed with autism as a child. She is said to have faced a lot of difficulties and doctors suggested to get her institutionalized. Instead, Hannah concentrated in music and dance, and went to become a Hollywood icon. Daryl says that is she is extremely shy and not comfortable in large crowds.
#9 Lewis Carroll
Though there was a strong argument among the historians if Lewis Carroll at all had autism or not, Professor Michael Fitzgerald from Dublin’s Trinity College studied the behavioral symptoms of his patients and Lewis Carroll was found in the list. His character traits matched with those people having Asperger’s Syndrome. It is said that Lewis enjoyed the company of children instead of his adult peers.
These are just some of the famous people with autism. It is believed that Marie Curie had signs of autism. Poetess Emily Dickinson, Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alan Turing and Tim Burton are some more examples of famous people with autism. So if you know someone who has been diagnosed with autism, then it is time to give them your support.