Do you know anybody with Asperger Syndrome? You probably do. Asperger’s is a form of high functioning autism, and many people with autism have made enormous contributions to society. In fact, some of the world’s biggest and most well-known geniuses were autistic or had autistic tendencies. Here are 25 Famous People With Asperger Syndrome.
The Canadian pianist and Bach interpreter was notorious for his love of routine. He would even use the same stool until it wore straight through. Repetition and obsession are two common traits of people with Asperger’s. Stubbornness (which Glenn exhibited) would also be a symptom.
The Russian-American scientist was famous for writing I, Robot. As we just mentioned, many people with Asperger’s are prolific writers. In fact, Isaac wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards!
In 2008, a Pentagon think tank study found that Putin probably has some form of autism. They couldn’t be sure, however, that it was Asperger’s. They did, however, say that Putin’s “neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy.”
Emily is possibly one of the most famous poets of all time, and given that she likely had Asperger’s, you shouldn’t be surprised at all.
Several leading psychologists have noted that Thomas Jefferson probably had some form of autism. Apparently he was shy, had an inability to relate to others, and was sensitive to loud noises. He also had some strange habits, like keeping a mocking bird on his shoulder, perhaps to calm him down during social interactions. Unfortunately, most documents pertaining to his early life were lost in a fire, so it is not possible for psychologists to assess his childhood behavior for signs of autism.
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