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"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980



Thursday, 3 January 2013

FAMOUS PEOPLE AFFECTED BY AN ASD BORN IN JANUARY


When Jacob was diagnosed with Asperger's at age 5, we quickly began to wonder what it would be like for Jacob when he becomes a grown up.  Would he be successful?  Go to college?  Be rich and famous?  So I began to research celebrities and other notable people who had an ASD.  And was I surprised.  I had no idea how many famous people had been affected by an ASD.  Either by having an ASD themselves or having a family member with an ASD.

*Please note*  Not everyone listed in this series has been diagnosed with an ASD.  Some may have an actual ASD while some may be suspected of having an ASD.  Others on this list may have a family member with an ASD.  Some people listed are deceased so an actual diagnosis of an ASD is impossible.  Also, every one listed was mentioned on multiple websites which I felt were credible.  And I did not reference Wikipedia.

January 2, 1920  -  Isaac Asimov  -  Russian/American writer and biochemist.  Born in Russia, but moved to New York in 1923.  It estimated that Asimov wrote over 500 books as co author or editor.  Was an excellent reader by age 5 and attributed his success to his excellent memory.  Had less than stellar physical attributes and never learned to swim or ride a bike.  Asimov was suspected to have had Asperger's syndrome.

January 3, 1945  -  Steven Stills  -  Famous American musician who is part of the super group Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Won a Grammy award in 1970 for best new artist.  Has sold over an estimated 20 million albums in his lifetime.  Stills son Henry has Asperger's syndrome.

January 17, 1949  -  Andy Kaufman  -  American comic and actor born in New York.  Kaufman appeared on many sitcoms and in movies throughout his career.  Was banned from Saturday Night Live in 1982 via viewer poll.  The movie Man in the Moon starring Jim Carrey was a tribute to the late Andy Kaufman.  Kaufman was suspected to have had Asperger's syndrome.

January 27, 1756  -  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Austrian pianist and songwriter.  Mozart made his first public performance in 1762 at age 6.  Traveled Europe playing piano for most of his young life.  Although famous, Mozart died poor and it wasn't until his death that his family was able to achieve financial success by selling his transcripts.  Mozart was suspected to have had autism.


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2 comments:

  1. I'm not surprised that some of the great musicians are suspected to have autism. I remember Andy Kaufman. Didn't realize he had gotten kicked off Saturday Night Live though. I always thought he was funny.

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    1. He was a little before my time, but when I watch old footage, he seems to fit the ASD bill. And it seems like a lot of incredible artists are affected by autism. Maybe that's what makes them excel.

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