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Famous People Diagnosed or Suspected of Having Asperger's Syndrome

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Copyrighted 1947, copyright not renewed. Einstein's estate may still claim copyright on this image, but any such claim would be considered illegitimate by the Library of Congress. No known restrictions | Source

“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a lone traveler and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.” ~ Albert Einstein

What is an Aspie?

An "Aspie" is another name for a person who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Although the 'said' disability is considered an abnormal mental health condition, in fairness to those who have the diagnosis, they are actually more normal than most people think. There are thousands upon thousands of people who have this condition. Considered extremely bright, obsessive compulsive and socially awkward, these individuals have a hard time adapting and conforming to the 'said' normal world.

The distinction between men and women with Asperger's is that men tend to be overly task oriented, brilliant, socially impaired, and less talkative inadvertantly showing the syndrome more whereas women with Asperger's seem to fly under the radar, masking their distinction by appearing reserved, quiet and intelligent although sometimes having their head in the clouds type of personality.

According to the office of Rare Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Asperger syndrome is listed as a "rare disease", affecting less than 200,000 people or 1 in 2,000 in the US population. In this day and age as we gain more information, and understanding of Aspergers Syndrome, the label of "rare disease" is questionable terminology.

Do Not Feel Sorry For Them ... Applaud Them

Typical Aspereger Traits

 
 
Social Awkwardness
Withdrawn or Shy
Artistic/Musically Inclined/Technical
Preoccupation With One or Two Areas of Concentration
Above Average Intelligence
Repetitive Tasking
Obsessive Compulsive
Often Has a Lack of Common Sense
Difficulty With Communication of Thoughts or Feelings
Few Friends and Usually Ostracized
Absent Minded or Head in the Clouds Personality
Innate Sense of Goodness and Forgiving Nature
Lifelong Sense of Innocence
Vulnerable to Ridicule
Eccentric Habits or Concepts
Sensitive to Noise
Easily Taken Advantage of or Gullible
Anxious or Excitable When Not in Own Comfort Zone
Sometimes Explosive
Often Has Strange Phobias

Nikolai Tesla

Nikolai Tesla:   (1856-1943) at age 34.
Nikolai Tesla: (1856-1943) at age 34. | Source

Historical Personalities Suspected of Having Asperger's Syndrome

One could almost laugh at the notion that person with Asperger's Syndrome are considered disabled or mentally incapable when some of the greatest minds in our history, notables such as Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Henry Ford, George Washington, Marilyn Monroe, and Amadeus Mozart and even of recent, the late Steve Jobs were just a few suspected as having Asperger's Syndrome.

Alive and Kicking it

Here are some famous people in the today's world who have been diagnosed or suspected with Asperger's Syndrome:

Adrian Lamo ~ American Computer Hacker
Satoshi Tajiri ~ Creator and Designer of Pokemon
Dan Akrroyd ~ American Actor and Comedian
Gary Numan ~ British Singer and Songwriter
Clay Marzo ~ American Professional Surfer
Michael Burry ~ US Investment Fund Manager
Darryl Hannah ~ American Actress

“I never went on talk shows, never went to premieres. Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I’d almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted. Studio executives would call me but I’d be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted.” ~ Darryl Hannah

Darryl Hanah at Protecting Adult Welfare event, September 1, 2007
Darryl Hanah at Protecting Adult Welfare event, September 1, 2007 | Source

Gary Numan Singing "Cars"

Gary Numan performing at Ben and Jerry's Double Scoop Sundae festival, Heaton Park, Manchester, on July 23, 2011.
Gary Numan performing at Ben and Jerry's Double Scoop Sundae festival, Heaton Park, Manchester, on July 23, 2011. | Source

A Tribute to Asperger's Famous

Which Famous Historical Figure do You Think Has Contributed the Most to Humanity?

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    ziyena 5 weeks ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Thank You! Glad to enlighten you on this subject. My son is well, and always the same. Mind boggling lol Cheers

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    Ryan Fuller 5 weeks ago from Louisiana, USA

    Very interesting article. I have heard of Asperger's before but never really understood what exactly it was. You learn something new everyday. Thank you for sharing this and I hope all is well with your son.

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    ziyena 5 weeks ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Thank You, Nell ... my son is an Aspie. For years I had a hard time dealing with his differences and couldn't understand but now as I've grown older I am amazed at his gifts. He's such a genius and far more intelligent than I could ever comprehend. It is amazing

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    Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

    Yes it does make sense. Most of those like Tesla and possibly Einstein do have that range of concentration and lack of social skills. I think my brother is aspergers too, the doctor said he 'probably was' but seeing him daily I know he is! interesting!

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    ziyena 3 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Thank you. It certainly does help to know about the characteristics of those who are Aspergers ... perhaps by reading this article, any who are not familiar would identify with these people and then think twice about how they should interact or treat an Aspie. My son is such an individual and he's a joy ... :)

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    Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

    Really good article all the way to the end commercial. Interesting, informative and inspirational!

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    Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Interesting! Thank you!

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    ziyena 3 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Amen! Thanks Eric

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    ziyena 3 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    I wish, oh how I wish ... I had more time :) Hope you are well too Bill

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    Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Very interesting. Unless it is debilitating I do not see it as a bad thing.

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    We don't hear much from you, which is a shame because you are a fine writer. I hope you are well.