Famous People with Aspergers Syndrome
As we got further into our Asperger Research, we came across some speculations about celebrities and other famous people with Aspergers. It looks like our loved ones with Aspergers are in good company.
Some of the names that are commonly mentioned as famous people with Aspergers are:
Bill Gates - this socially awkward man could definitely think "outside the box". His obsession or fascination or single-minded focus has made him a Billionairre several times over.
Albert Einstein - It seems the ADD and the Asperger's groups are fighting over which of us gets to claim Albert Einstein as being in our camp. I vote for Aspergers. After watching his biography and seeing some of the nuiances I recognize in my son, I believe this famous person had Aspergers before it was classified as a disorder.
Isaac Newton - This scientist certainly had a single-minded focus on his work.
Paul Allen - Another Microsoft "geek", the owner of the Seattle Seahawks & Portland Trailblazers, and the second richest man in the world, Mr. Allen is, according to some, Asperger-ish in nature.
Temple Grandin - She is a designer of humane food animal handling systems, and has been one of the pioneers in Autism and Asperger Awareness.
Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon - His obsession was insects. In fact, his peers used to call him "Dr. Bug."
Al Gore - This Vice President of the United States is considered by some to be another famous person with Asperger's Syndrome. Decide for yourself. He's got the social awkwardness, the inability to relate and speak with others on their level, and definitely the intelligence. Mr. Gore, give us a yell to let us know. :) We'd love to have you join us.
Craig Nicholls - Frontman of the band The Vines.
Some other celebrities who may have Aspergers.
Woody Allen, Isaac Asimov, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alexander Graham Bell, Anton Bruckner, Henry Cavendish, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Thomas Edison, Bobby Fischer, Henry Ford, Jim Henson, Alfred Hitchcock, Thomas Jefferson, Carl Jung, Andy Kaufman, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Palin, Charles Schulz, Steven Spielberg, James Taylor, Andy Warhol, Thom Yorke