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Famous People with Autism

Because the term "Autism" was not coined until the 1940s, many of the historical icons on this list have no official "diagnosis" of Autism. However, they all displayed many of the characteristics of autism, including, but not limited to, the savant qualities that many autistic individuals display.

Historical Icons with Autism

  • Vincent Van Gogh, Painter
  • Emily Dickenson, Poet
  • Isaac Newton, Physicist
  • Mozart, Composer
  • Hans Christian Anderson, Author
  • Mark Twain, Author
  • Richard Strauss, Composer
  • Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor
  • Albert Einstein, Physicist
  • Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States
  • Nikola Tesla, Scientist, Inventor, Electrical Engineer, Futurist
  • Jane Austen, Author
  • George Bernard Shaw, Playwright
  • Henry Ford, Industrialist

Today, 1 out of 88 children born has some level of autism. As these children grow up, we will no doubt be witness to many more highly talented and gifted individuals...and their gifts to our world! This list contains many of the notable, highly creative and talented people who are known or suspected to have autism.

Notable modern-day Autistics

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and Philanthropist
  • Michelle Dawson, Autism Researcher and Autism Rights Activist
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and Creator of Facebook
  • Temple Grandin, Autism Activist, Food Animal Handling Systems Designer, and Author
  • Satoshi Tajiri, Creator of Pokémon
  • Ronald D. Davis, Creator of the Davis® Dyslexia Correction Program and the Davis Autism Approach®
  • Caiseal Mór, Author, Musician and Artist
  • Dylan Scott Pierce, Wildlife Illustrator
  • Matt Savage, U.S. Jazz prodigy
  • Jessica-Jane Applegate, Paralympic Swimmer
  • Henry Bond, Writer and Photographer
  • James Durbin, Finalist on the 10th season of American Idol
  • Phillipa "Pip" Brown (aka Ladyhawke), Indie Rock Musician
  • Paula Hamilton, Model
  • Daryl Hannah, Actress
  • Heather Kuzmich, Model and contestant on America's Next Top Model
  • Clay Marzo, Professional Surfer
  • Michael Burry, US Investment Fund Manager
  • Lizzy Clark, Actress and Campaigner

Stephen Wiltshire, Artist

Historical Icons with Autism

Jazz Prodigy, Matt Savage

Daniel Tammet, Math Savant

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