15 Famous People with Autism People
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15 Famous People with Autism

List Criteria: Notable autistic celebrities

List of Famous People with Autism ranked by fame and popularity. Autism is a disorder in which symptoms include impaired social interaction, delayed or disrupted verbal and non-verbal communication and repetitive behavior. Autism can be caused through genetics or by agents that cause birth defects. As of 2012, The Centers for Disease Control report that 20 per 1,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism.

Who is the most famous person with autism? Albert Einstein tops our list. Einstein is amongst a list of historical figures who are suspected to have had autism. Autism wasn't classified as a disorder until the 1940s. Einstein is thought to have had autism because he experienced language delays and educational slowness. Other historical figures who are thought to have had autism include Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Mozart.

Hole front woman Courtney Love was diagnosed with a mild case of autism as a child. Daryl Hannah has struggled with autism all her life and she says that the disorder made her “terrified of fame.” Author Temple Grandin is one of the most famous women with autism. Grandin works tirelessly for the causes of animal rights and autistic rights.

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  1. Daryl Hannah has been coping with autism since she was a child.  She says that in her youth, doctors wanted to institutionalize her.

    Born: 1960
    Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Actor
    Institution: University of Southern California School of International Relations, Francis W. Parker School, University of Southern California
    Height: 5'10"
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  2. Experts believe that Andy Warhol's social ineptitude, use of minimal words in speech and difficulty recognizing friends are all signs that the pop artist was autistic.

    Born: 1928
    Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    Profession: Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 7 more
    Institution: Carnegie Mellon University, Schenley High School
    Height: 5'10"
    Died: 1987
    Cause Of Death: Surgical complications, Cardiac arrhythmia
    Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Medical Conditions: Hypochondriasis, Sydenham's chorea
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  3. Courtney Love was diagnosed by one of her therapists as having a mild form of autism.

    Born: 1964
    Birthplace: California, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician + 5 more
    Institution: Trinity College, Dublin
    Height: 5'10"
    Medical Conditions: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
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  4. Albert Einstein was thought to have autism because he experienced delayed language development and educational slowness.

    Born: 1879
    Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
    Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author + 3 more
    Institution: Aargau Cantonal School, University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, Luitpold Gymnasium
    Height: 5'8"
    Died: 1955
    Cause Of Death: Abdominal aortic aneurysm
    Place Of Death: Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
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  5. Leading psychiatrists believe that Charles Darwin had autism because of his great attention to detail and his difficulties with social interactions.

    Born: 1809
    Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer
    Institution: Christ's College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Shrewsbury School, University of Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh
    Died: 1882
    Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Coronary thrombosis
    Place Of Death: Down House, United Kingdom
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