When compiling a list of 10 famous people with autism, the result can be varied as there have been many who have suffered from this disease. Autism is a nerve related condition that seems to originate in childhood and is exhibited to cause the victim to have extreme single-minded focus on various subjects.
The individual can exhibit areas of genius such as in mathematics, music or some other rather difficult activities. The level of the genius activity is many times far above levels even conceived as genius. The following individuals all displayed classic symptoms of autistic behavior.
10. Albert Einstein
One notable person who deserves a place on our list of 10 famous people with autism is Albert Einstein. He was not able to read early in his childhood. He had difficulty in social situations and had lots of learning difficulties in school. He did not care much about how he looked or dressed or what he ate.
His difficulties in school can probably be traced to the fact that there were no teaching techniques for autistics when he was young so he had no skills to learn the pattern that was taught then. Einstein’s almost un-natural focus on his work early in life led him to outdistance everyone in his study of physics and the development of his mathematical breakthroughs and the theory of relativity.
9. Amadeus Mozart
Amadeus Mozart one of the most gifted of composers in musical history may have been autistic. He had great difficulty negotiating normal social situations. His hearing was very sensitive and loud noises made him physically ill. He constantly was observed making facial expressions and was always actively moving his feet and his hands.
He was literally unable to carry on an intellectual conversation. It is said that one day he became bored and jumped over tables in the room and meowed like a cat while doing somersaults. His overachieving genius in the field of music far outdistanced his contemporaries and was off the scale in the depth and enormity of his work.
8. Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton was not very adept at social small talk or even conversations that most people would have. He many times forgot to eat because he was so focused on his work. He was not ever able to make any close associations with people because he apparently did not know how, nor was he interested at all in people.
He relied a great deal on routines, which he used to order his life. For example if he were scheduled to present a lecture, the lecture would occur even if there were no one present to hear it. Of course Newton became one of most famous and renowned physicists in history.
7. Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was as a child very solitary. As he grew he avoided contact with people, preferring to write letter rather than communicate directly. He eventually focused on things and gadgets. His nearly total focus on natural items led to this theory of evolution, which occupied almost all of his time. He was very fixated and was a visual thinker, a trait common to autistics.
6. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was shy, did not like public speaking, and did not relate with other people well. He was very eccentric and would attend important meetings wearing slippers always with a mocking bird sitting on his shoulder. His obsession with writing letters and a passion for always remodeling his home are autistic charistics.
He also had difficulty with finances and died having considerable debts. His genius and focus gave us the third presidency of the United States, Declaration of Independence, and the Louisiana Purchase.
Michelangelo had genius as an artist that ranged far beyond genius and may have been a symptom of an autistic person. He would become lost in his work to the detriment of eating and caring for his personal hygiene. He had no real feel for relationships with people and was very brusque and rude at times.
He was very obsessive and followed very strict routines and regimentation. The result of his work such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Pieta has graced the rest of us mightily.
4. Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice In Wonderland was a person who had a severe lack of social skills. He was very skilled in mathematics and was a minor inventor. He did not interact well with adults, but enjoyed the company of children instead. His writings took us to strange, mythical places that only his imagination could concoct.
3. Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen was known for his fairy tales for children such as the “Ugly Duckling” and “The Little Mermaid”. As a child he was awkward and had difficulty socially. He had difficulty cultivating any social skills and was fixated upon his writing. He exhibited signs of deep inner turmoil, which is reflected, in his writing.
2. James Joyce
James Joyce was an author noted for the difficulty that readers had in negotiating his works such as “Ulysses” and “Finnegan’s Wake”. He was extremely intelligent had had strange habits and phobias. He was very self-centered and exhibited a certain disdain for others.
Critics claimed that is writings were made purposely difficult in order to maintain a certain distance between him and his readers. His difficulty of maintaining any close relationships and fanatic focus on his work were autistic in nature.
1. Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was an inventor and engineer noted for his expertise in electricity and energy. His intelligence and knowledge is said to have far surpassed Thomas Edison who is said to have “borrowed” some of Tesla’s ideas. Tesla was very eccentric and did associate well with people. He maintained his celibacy and would not enter a room if the room number was not divisible by 3. He was a recluse totally focused on his work and had many autistic behavioral patterns.
While there are certainly many more famous people who were probably autistic and deserve a place on the 10 famous people with autism list, this is a good cross section of people that illustrate some of the classic autistic behaviors, yet had unique genius which contributed mightily to the world around them and the world in general.
Top 10 Inventions of Nikola
1. Alternating Current
This is where it all began, and what ultimately caused such a stir at the 1893 World’s Expo in Chicago. A war was leveled ever-after between the vision of Edison and the vision of Tesla for how electricity would be produced and distributed.
Of course he didn’t invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed. Tesla developed and used florescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names, in effect creating the first neon signs
Electromagnetic and ionizing radiation was heavily researched in the late 1800s, but Tesla researched the entire gamut. Everything from a precursor to Kirlian photography, which has the ability to document life force, to what we now use in medical diagnostics, this was a transformative invention of which Tesla played a central role.
Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day. However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi’s patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi.
5. Remote Control
This invention was a natural outcropping of radio. Patent No. 613809 was the first remote controlled model boat, demonstrated in 1898. Utilizing several large batteries; radio signals controlled switches, which then energized the boat’s propeller, rudder, and scaled-down running lights.
6. Electric Motor
Tesla’s invention of the electric motor has finally been popularized by a car brandishing his name. While the technical specifications are beyond the scope of this summary, suffice to say that Tesla’s invention of a motor with rotating magnetic fields could have freed mankind much sooner from the stranglehold of Big Oil.
Tesla’s overly enhanced scientific mind led him to the idea that all living beings are merely driven by external impulses. He stated: “I have by every thought and act of mine, demonstrated, and does so daily, to my absolute satisfaction that I am an automaton endowed with power of movement, which merely responds to external stimuli.
Tesla’s invention of the laser may be one of the best examples of the good and evil bound up together within the mind of man. Lasers have transformed surgical applications in an undeniably beneficial way, and they have given rise to much of our current digital media.
9 & 10. Wireless Communications/Limitless Free Energy
J.P. Morgan backed Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of our universe to transmit data, including a wide range of information communicated through images, voice messages, and text.
Top 10 Quotes from Nikola Telsa Quotes
“I don’t care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don’t have any of their own.”
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
“The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
“If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.”
“One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”
“What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife… Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment…”
“I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.”