Famous people with asperger's - Where's a list of them?

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06 Jan 2009, 12:31 am

In a future blog post on Facebook, I want to tell peers that there have been many luminaries with Asperger's - either officially diagnosed or would've been diagnosed had they lived today. I want a bargaining chip for my cases - tell people that my Asperger's makes me an even better person because it made famous people famous in the first place.

Where are those lists, please? Thanks in advance.

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06 Jan 2009, 12:37 am

list of fictional characters:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fi ... c_spectrum (not specifed if AS or other)

famous people:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pe ... c_spectrum (it specifies AS or other)

people speculated to have been autistic:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_spe ... n_autistic


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06 Jan 2009, 12:48 am

I pieced this list together mainly from sugar packets:

Albert Einstein
Isaac Newton
Benjamin Franklin
Napoleon Bonaparte
George Washington
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Johnson
Abraham Lincoln
James Garfield
Teddy Roosevelt
William Taft
Louis IV
Catherine the Great
Peter the Great
Wilhem II
Alexander the Great
Leonardo da Vinci
Vincent van Gogh
Jeremy Bentham
Henry Ford
Bill Gates
Tom Hanks
Marilyn Monroe
Clark Gable
Dan Ackroyd
Craig Nicholls.
Daryl Hannah
Virginia Woolf
Isaac Asimov
Ernest Vincent Wright
Charles Dickinson

You can read more about them here:
http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/pu ... 2086.shtml


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06 Jan 2009, 1:39 am

Why do people slap any old lable on someone they admire and call it the same DX as they have? I think a lot of the people that are mentioned above have their champions as Asperger's and even more have desputed such a DX at all for them.


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06 Jan 2009, 3:06 am

About Peter the Great, What evidence exists to suggest that he had AS.

The cutting off of your wife's lover's head and forcing your wife to keep it in a bottle of alcohol could be something which an angry NT man might do. I know that today if you discover your partner is cheating on you, you are not allowed to kill people becuase it is wrong to commit murder.

But years ago if you discovered your wife was cheating on you then a duel was one way some people would deal with it. If a NT man was a brutal king and thus able to get away with it then he might do something like that.

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06 Jan 2009, 4:28 am

Saying I am a good person even though I have As just because some other great people did is about as convincing as saying that some actor was a Scorpio and since we are born under the same "sign" we are some how "related" in ability . You are not valuable as a person because someone with the same neurology was famous, you are because....? You have to fill in that blank.

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06 Jan 2009, 4:40 am

my personal view is...whatever gets you through......


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06 Jan 2009, 7:06 am

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06 Jan 2009, 7:25 am


The first one on that list is a 'murderer'.

Now that's not what I call good publicity.

But besides that, the list is good.

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06 Jan 2009, 7:26 am

you need to rmember that for many of these people it is a list of suspected Asperger Syndrome.
since many of them are dead, one must rely on accounts/diaries of these peoples lives to make the judgement. This has its limitations due to inaccuracies/misscomprehensions.


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06 Jan 2009, 8:35 am

I agree with sinsboldly. I'm really not too fond of these speculative lists (and there must be thousands of them out there on the WWW). AS can be a seriously disabling condition, and speculatively applying an AS diagnosis to anyone you admire is only going to make people more sceptical about whether it is a real condition at all.

I'm more interested in finding out about famous people with an official diagnosis, particularly people who are famous for some reason other than their AS, so I'd be more interested in the list buryuntime linked to ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pe ... c_spectrum ) than the one pensieve linked to ( http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/pu ... 2086.shtml ).

Pensieve, to be honest, your list is one of the most baffling I've ever seen. Napoleon?? Elvis?? Shakespeare?? Alexander the Great????


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06 Jan 2009, 10:54 am

like the way the wiki list begins with- 'murderer'; so comforting. dont think one can back track on people from hisroty and diagnose them.

anyway- my favourite is dan ackroyd (sorry for misspelling, perhaps, dan) whom i like anyway; also rumourded to be are-
speilberg, and bill gates.

anyway, which ever list you look at there are-a- women- and b- non computer geek types- which is what even some 'experts' class as being aspergers.
i was told by one 'expert' i coulndt have it since i hvae- superior language skills, am female and creative, and not IT minded. moron.
it is literally a sepectrum disorder in every sense.
alos- peter tork. cool!

MORE FUN- IS THE PEOPLE SPECULATED list- mozart (he gets diagnosed with everything going) and HITLER!! !! so esteemed company. also hanns anderson- some teutonic trait? discuss.
ALSO- notable from this list-a lot of tehm are rather right wing- enoch powel etc... interesting.


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06 Jan 2009, 11:22 am

One famous person that I do think had HFA/AS was Einstein. He was always considered eccentric, he was very perseverative in his interests, he learned differently than the other children in his class, and he had a pronounced speech delay. The rest of the people are all speculative, but I do think that Einstein's eccentricity crossed into autistic behavior.

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07 Jan 2009, 1:42 pm

Someone must have REALLY hated people with Asperger's, and happened to have the ammunition (of knowledge) to add a MURDERER to the top of the list!

What notable Aspie had a surname that would come before "Arthurs" in alphabetical order? We NEED to add someone above him so as to not make us look so bad! (First impressions matter most; first items on lists matter too.)

1. Blog: http://www.bigyesbomb.com
2. I'm destined to find my soul-mate. If I have to, I'll go for the Guinness World Records for signing up on the most dating sites. If I find the one to marry, I'll happily abandon that attempt.