Autism’s Famous Faces

Autism’s Famous Faces

Famous People on the Autism Spectrum

“It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential.”

Hans Asperger

The term ‘autism’ wasn’t used until well after many of these amazing and highly respected people had lived and died, so describing them as being on the autism spectrum is open to debate. Ultimately you’ll have to decide for yourself, but I’ve studied them, and feel (along with many others) that they were indeed people who dealt with autism every day of their lives.
This list is here to inspire and uplift others who struggle with similar social and sensory issues, and to assure them that being on the spectrum is something that will often help you succeed in life, rather than holding you back as so many people would have you believe.

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Michelangelo
Painter, Sculptor & Architect - 1457 1564

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Sir Isaac Newton
Physicist - 1643 - 1727

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Hans Christian Andersen
Author - 1731 - 1810

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Henry Cavendish
Natural Philosopher & Scientist - 1731 - 1810

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Composer - 1756 - 1791

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Charles Darwin
Naturalist - 1809 - 1892

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Emily Dickinson
Poet - 1830 - 1886

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Lewis Carroll
Author & Mathematician - 1832 - 1898

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Vincent van Gogh
Artist - 1853 - 1890

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Nikola Tesla
Electrical Engineer & Inventor - 1856 - 1943

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Wassily Kandinsky
Artist - 1866 - 1944

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Marie Curie
Physicist & Chemist - 1867 - 1934

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Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist - 1879 -1955

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Bela Bartok
Composer & Pianist - 1881 - 1945

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Pablo Picasso
Artist & Sculptor - 1881 - 1973

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Alan Turing
Mathematician, Computer Scientist, Philosopher - 1912 - 1954

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Andy Warhol
Artist & Filmmaker - 1928 - 1987

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Dian Fossey
Naturalist & Photographer - 1932 - 1985

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Jim Henson
Entertainer & Puppeteer - 1936 - 1990

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Temple Grandin
Author & Livestock Specialist - 1947

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David Byrne
Songwriter , Musician & Producer - 1952

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Dan Aykroyd
Actor, Producer & Comedian - 1952

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Sir Anthony Hopkins
Actor - 1957

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Gary Numan
Singer, Songwriter & Producer - 1958

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Anne Hegerty
Television Personality - 1958

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Daryl Hannah
Actress & Activist - 1960

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Chris Packham
Photographer & Naturalist - 1961

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Susan Boyle
Singer - 1961

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Satoshi Tajiri
Inventor of Pokemon - 1965

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Eminem
Rapper, Actor, Record & Film Producer - 1972

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Jessica-Jane Applegate
Swimmer - 1996

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Greta Thunberg
Environmental Activist - 2003

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