Famous people with aspergers



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05 May 2008, 6:46 pm

Some famous people with aspergers:

Satoshi Tajiri – Creator of Pokémon

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Satoshi lived in Tokio as a young boy, and liked to collect bugs from the surroundings of his suburb house. He didn’t like school, and his father wanted him to be an electrical utility repairman. Along with some friends he founded a magazine called “Game Freak”, and later founded a game developing company by the same name. He later went to work for Nintendo and spent 6 years working on Pokémon. “Pokémon has since become the second most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo's Mario series”

Bram Cohen – Creator of the BitTorrent Protocol

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At 5 he learned BASIC, and in highschool he qualified for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad. Bram Cohen is the creator of the BitTorrent protocol, which is a P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing system. BitTorrent basically lets people share large files by downloading them from various computers at the same time; the trick is that the same people downloading the file, are also uploading the parts that they have already received.
In 2005 he made it into the TIME’s yearly 100 most influential persons list.

Vernon L. Smith – Nobel Laureate

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Vernon Smith was born January 1, 1927 in Wichita, Kansas. Smith received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Caltech in 1949, an M.A. in economics from the University of Kansas in 1952, and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1955.
In 2002 he received the nobel prize in the field of economics for “having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms"
Currently he is professor of economics at Chapman University School of Law and School of Business in Orange, California.


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Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian-American comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, and ufologist. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of the Blues Brothers (with John Belushi), and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.

For a time, Aykroyd was engaged to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher (who hosted the Saturday Night Live episode in which Aykroyd and Belushi gave their first polished performance as the Blues Brothers, and had a role in the Blues Brothers film). He has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and maintains his Canadian roots as a longtime resident of Sydenham, Ontario, with his estate on Loughborough Lake. In 1994 Aykroyd received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Carleton University. In 1998, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Aykroyd also received a dubious honor in 1997, when the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal "awarded" him the Snuffed Candle award, for "contributing to the public's lack of understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry." CSICOP did this in response to Aykroyd's program Psi Factor.

He is also a Reserve Commander for the Police Department in Harahan, Louisiana, working for Chief of Police Peter Dale. Aykroyd carries his badge with him at all times.


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05 May 2008, 9:42 pm

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Sir Isaac Newton...maybe

founder of calculus; classical mechanics; born in Woolsthorpe, England.

He never knew his father. Early life showed no indication of being a child prodigy. College years showed the greatest fruit of his labors.

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Einstein...maybe

Generalized the laws of physics to speeds near that of light, etc..

Was inspired by a compass at age 5. Began to speak around the same age. Married twice.



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Richard Feynman...maybe

Don't know much about him except he invented this division puzzle (basically being a deduction game - which many physicists seem to enjoy ( I know of two so far).

Here's something from wikipedia:

"Richard Phillips Feynman was born on May 11, 1918,[6] in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York.[7] His family was Jewish and, while not ritualistic in their practice of Judaism, his parents attended synagogue every Friday. Feynman (in common with other famous physicists, Edward Teller, Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein) was a late talker; by his third birthday he had yet to utter a single word. The young Feynman was heavily influenced by his father, Melville, who encouraged him to ask questions to challenge orthodox thinking. From his mother, Lucille, he gained the sense of humor that endured throughout his life. As a child, he delighted in repairing radios and had a talent for engineering. His sister Joan also became a professional physicist.[8][9]"

He also authored some books to the general public. He was a prankster.


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05 May 2008, 10:29 pm

Ahhh I LOVE Richard Feynman! From reading his books, he sounds like a typical Aspie to me.

I HIGHLY suggest you check out "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" FANTASTIC book.


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05 May 2008, 10:50 pm

I forgot the creator of Pokemon is an aspie. A lot of musicians such as Prince and Stevie Ray Vaughan have been hypothesized to have AS, but I don't know if they really do/did.



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05 May 2008, 11:44 pm

George Lucas - Filmographer

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Born in Modesto California May 1944 (63 years). Lucas is the author of films such as American Graffiti, THX-1138, and of course, Star Wars.

George Lucas may or may not have aspergers, im entering the realm of speculation here (impossible to avoid in a famous people with aspergers post). But if I had to put my money on one guy that has aspergers id put it in Lucas. Just watch a biography of him and how people describe his personality (specially in the days of Star Wars "4th episode"). My second best bet would be on Isaac Newton.



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06 May 2008, 4:54 am

sleepless168 wrote:
George Lucas - Filmographer

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Born in Modesto California May 1944 (63 years). Lucas is the author of films such as American Graffiti, THX-1138, and of course, Star Wars.

George Lucas may or may not have aspergers, im entering the realm of speculation here (impossible to avoid in a famous people with aspergers post). But if I had to put my money on one guy that has aspergers id put it in Lucas. Just watch a biography of him and how people describe his personality (specially in the days of Star Wars "4th episode"). My second best bet would be on Isaac Newton.


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06 May 2008, 5:04 am

The only two people that I know are confirmed are Gary Numan and Craig Nicholls.


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06 May 2008, 5:14 am

Martin Bryant (diagnosed with AS): killed and injured a whole heap of people (35/37)
Adolf Hitler (speculated): killed around 46 million people



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06 May 2008, 5:58 am

Danielismyname wrote:
Martin Bryant (diagnosed with AS): killed and injured a whole heap of people (35/37)
Adolf Hitler (speculated): killed around 46 million people


Adolf Hitler killed 27 million people. Adi is an example of anti-social personality disorder rather than Asperger's.


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06 May 2008, 5:59 am

Heather Kuzmich:

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06 May 2008, 7:44 am

Reodor_Felgen,

There's a fairly convincing argument for Hitler possibly having AS. An autism expert said such too; it's just as likely as Einstein, or anyone else who is dead.

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06 May 2008, 8:50 am

Paul Dirac, (1902-1984) British physicist. Developed relativistic quantum field theory, the basis of modern particle physics. Predicted the existance of anti-matter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Dirac

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Dirac was known among his colleagues for his precise and taciturn nature. When Niels Bohr complained that he did not know how to finish a sentence in a scientific article he was writing, Dirac replied, "I was taught at school never to start a sentence without knowing the end of it."[11] When asked about his views on poetry, he responded, "In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite".[12]

Some psychologists, including Simon Baron-Cohen have speculated that Dirac may have suffered from Asperger syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder, due to his taciturn nature, and logical rather than emotional mindset.[13] Dirac himself wrote in his diary during his postgraduate years that he concentrated solely on his research, and only stopped on Sunday, when he took long strolls alone.

Dirac was also noted for his personal modesty. He called the equation for the time-evolution of a quantum-mechanical operator, which Dirac was in fact the first to write down, the "Heisenberg equation of motion". Most physicists speak of Fermi-Dirac statistics for half-integer spin particles and Bose-Einstein statistics for integer spin particles. While lecturing later in life, Dirac always insisted on calling the former "Fermi statistics". He referred to the latter as "Einstein statistics" for reasons, he explained, of "symmetry".[citation needed] Jane Hawking, first wife of Stephen Hawking, remembered that Dirac introduced his wife Margit not by saying "This is my wife," but instead "This is Wigner's sister."


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06 May 2008, 8:57 am

Roger Bannister, English miler and neurologist-first man to break the four minute mile-54 years ago today!



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06 May 2008, 10:18 am

Danielismyname wrote:
Reodor_Felgen,

There's a fairly convincing argument for Hitler possibly having AS. An autism expert said such too; it's just as likely as Einstein, or anyone else who is dead.

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Just because an autism expert said it doesn't make it true. A lot of experts claim that Hitler had antisocial personality disorder as well. He also had an abusive father who also was a psycopath.

The diagnostic criterias for ASPD (only 3 are required):

Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure.
Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
Reckless disregard for safety of self or others

Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.


When his mother was dying, instead of showing grief, he accused her of faking her disease to stop him from achieving his goals.

Hitler displayed psychopathic behaviour already in his childhood. He would frequently beat his sister if she refused to listen to his monologues, and he burned down his fathers beehives twice, just for fun. He was also known for beeing abusive towards animals in his childhood.

Despite his lack of compassion, sympathy and empathy, he was very charismatic, and had great social skills.

Some symptoms of ASPD:

Persistent lying or stealing
Recurring difficulties with the law
Tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others (property, physical, sexual, emotional, legal)
Substance abuse
Aggressive, often violent behavior; prone to getting involved in fights
A persistent agitated or depressed feeling (dysphoria)
Inability to tolerate boredom
Disregard for the safety of self or others
A childhood diagnosis of conduct disorders - this is not a symptom but "a history of"
Lack of remorse, related to hurting others
Superficial charm
Impulsiveness
A sense of extreme entitlement
Inability to make or keep friends
Recklessness, impulsivity
People with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder often experience difficulties with authority figures.


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