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16 Famous People with Autism

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List RulesNotable 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.

What do you think of all of the famous people who have been diagnosed with autism? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
  • Albert Einstein
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    Albert Einstein was thought to have autism because he experienced delayed language development and educational slowness.
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
  • Charles Darwin
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    Leading psychiatrists believe that Charles Darwin had autism because of his great attention to detail and his difficulties with social interactions.
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)
    • Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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  • Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin
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    Temple Grandin is an autistic author and savant who revelutionized the livestock industry.
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America


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  • Isaac Newton was thought to have autism because of his extreme focus on his work and his lack of friends.  Newton also had many eccentricities and he would teach to an empty classroom if no one showed up for a lesson.
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)
    • Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom