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Famous Autistic People

Those of us who are on the Autism spectrum are different. But we are different “good”. Please see the following list of famous people with a confirmed ASD diagnosis.


Sir Anthony Hopkins – Actor


Dan Aykroyd – Comedic actor 


Susan Boyle – Singer 


Tim Burton – Movie director


Alexis Wineman - First Miss America with ASD and model


Daryl Hannah – Actress & environmental activist 


Stephen Fry – Actor


Chris Packham - Naturalist, TV presenter


Elon Musk – Entrepreneur and business magnate


Dr. Michael Burry - Physician, investor and hedge fund manager. The movie “The Big Short” is based on him.


Liane Holliday Willey - Author of “Pretending to be Normal, Asperger Syndrome in the Family”


Travis Meeks - lead singer, guitarist and song writer for acoustic rock band Days of the New


Satoshi Tajiri – Creator of Nintendo’s Pokémon


Dr. Vernon Smith – Nobel Prize Winner, Professor of Economics, Chapman University, essentially invented the field of experimental economics — an achievement for which he won the Nobel Prize in 2002.


Donna Williams - Autism advocate, author and speaker


Alix Generous - Professional speaker, neuroscientist, author, artist, comedian, and media producer


Carly Fulgham - Technology project lead for National Bank and is President of Autism Society of America


Paddy Considine - Actor


Clay Marzo - Professional surfer


Bill Gross - Successful investment manager


Barry Humphries – Actor


Dan Harmon - Writer and creator of the hit show Community


Heather Kuzmich - Model


Courtney Love - Actor, musician and was the wife of Kurt Cobain


Temple Grandin – Animal scientist


Greta Thunberg - Environmental activist

The following Individuals are VERY LIKELY to have been on the spectrum


Albert Einstein – Scientist & Mathematician


Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist


Bobby Fischer – Chess Grandmaster


Bill Gates – Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation


Thomas Jefferson – Early American politician


Nikola Tesla – Inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist


Andy Warhol – Artist, film director, and producer


Steve Jobs – Founder and former CEO of Apple


Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author


Michelangelo – Sculptor, painter, architect, poet


Henry Ford - Founder of Ford Motor Company


Marie-Curie - Scientist who pioneered research on radioactivity


James Joyce – Novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic


Alfred Kinsey – Sexologist & Biologist


Mark Zuckerberg – Co-founder of Face Book, media magnate, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist


Stanley Kubrick – Film director


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical composer


Hans Christian Andersen – Children’s author

Benjamin Banneker – African American Almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and agrarian

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) – writer of children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass


Henry Cavendish – Natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist


Emily Dickinson – Poet


Paul Dirac – Theoretical physicist who is regarded as one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century


Dawn Prince-Hughes - PhD, primate anthropologist, ethologist, and author of Songs for the Gorilla Nation


Jerry Newport - American author and mathematical savant, basis of the film Mozart and the Whale


John Elder Robison - author of Look Me in the Eye


Judy Singer - Australian disability rights activist, sociologist who coined term “Neurodiversity”


Alan Turing - Father of modern computing, mathematician and logician, code breaker in WW2


Barbara McClintock – Scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


Francis Galton - Statistician, sociologist, psychologist, anthropologist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician


Daniel Tammet - Essayist, novelist, poet, translator, and savant


Gary Numan - Musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer


Ludwig Wittgenstein – Philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language


William Butler Yeats – Poet, dramatist, prose writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature


James Durbin – Musician


Lizzy Clark - Actress and activist


Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian


Adam Young - Singer and songwriter behind Owl City


Given this list of successful people, who wouldn’t want to be on the spectrum!

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