Most of the people on the following list are speculated to have Asperger's Syndrome, rather than being confirmed cases of Asperger's Syndrome. Asperger's Syndrome was not included in the World Health Organization's diagnostic manual until 1991, and not in the American Psychiatric Association's manual until 1994. Also, for a number of the people on this list, there are other characteristics evidenced by the people listed that would suggest that they did not have Asperger's Syndrome.Historical people from earlier periods (died before 1975)
Richard Pearse (First to fly a plane),
Dr Janet Frame (Famed Authoress),
Charles de Gaulle (Great French warzhyphenztime/peacezhyphenztime leader/President),
T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) (British leader of Arab Revolt against Turks),
Captain Matthew Webb (First to swim the English Channel),
Satoshi Tajiri (Pokemon Inventor - formal diagnosis),
Dan Aykroyd (Leading Musician/Comedian, Blues Bros - formal diagnosis?),
Alfred Hitchcock (Horror-movie Sub-genre Creator),
Bobby Fischer (Greatest Chess Player Ever),
Daniel Tammet (Smartest Man Alive Today - formal diagnosis),
Les Murray (Greatest Living English Writer/Poet Alive - self diagnosis),
Gary Numan (Greatest Industrial Synch-pop Musician Ever),
Craig Nicholls (Lead singer of top Australian group The Vines - formal diagnosis).
I do not believe that Les Murray has any formal diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. He does have a formal diagnosis of depression, and has self-identified as autistic, and does have a close relative with a formal diagnosis of autism. Can you back up the above claim with any published references?
Sorry, quite correct...
Les Murray wrote an amazing poem AFTER his self discoveryre Aspergers...
"I very much wanted to ask him about his self-diagnosisof Asperger's Syndrome, but he hadn't publicly read the poem (which plays upon the phrase from the opening line of the old Latin Catholic Mass, Asperges me hyssopo, [Sprinkle me with a Hyssop branch], where Murray transmutes it to Aspergers me, and ends on such a wry note with "Hyssop is a bitter herb"), so it seemed too personal to ush the question succinctly." [Peter Craven, The Monthly]
Further Audio comment from a podcast (skip 1st 3 minutes) featuring Les talking about his 'mild' Autism and a case of Autism per se in his family is at: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bookshow/stories/2006/1634867.htm
The best place that I know of to look for information about famous people and Asperger syndrome is the list maintained at the blog Incorrect Pleasures (Google it). It is a big and diverse list of famous people backed up with referencesto published or mass-media sources that are generally produced by professional journalists, authors, psychologists or psychiatrists, including book biographies, journalistic interviews, scholarly and medical journal papers, famous people's own blogs, and books specifically about famous people and Asperger syndrome. There's even a reference to a poem in which a famous poet identified himself with Asperger syndrome, and the details of a YouTube video of another famous person filmed rocking in a very autistic manner. Many of the journal papers and other resources linked to and listed at this list are freely available to read or view or listen to through the internet. The list at Incorrect Pleasures is based on references that meet a higher standard than the one set for the Wikipedia, which often accepts trashy, misspelt and anonymous bits of writing that can only be found on the internet, or dead links, as documentary evidence to back up claims made on the Wikipedia. Every effort has been made to avoid nationalistic and other types of bias in the compilation of this list. The list is not dominated by American names or consicuously geeky scientists and mathematicians.
One word of caution, though - only very few of the famous people in the list at Incorrect Pleasures have been given a formal diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome during their lifetime, as adults. Many famous people have been posthumously diagnosed, and the list also includes a few living people who claim to have been clinically labelled as autistic when they were children. There is also quite a collection of famous people, including one Nobel Prize winner, who claim to be themselves currently autistic, to varying degrees. Rock star Craig Nicholls was formally diagnosed by a Dr Attwood in 2004 in Australia. Fields Medallist Prof. R. Borcherds was sorta-kinda diagnosed by Prof. Baron-Cohen, and this diagnostic process was described in detail in a popular science book. See the list at the blog Incorrect Pleasures for more details. Below is a very rudimentary list of the names listed at Incorrect Pleasures:
John Couch Adams
Archimedes of Syracuse
W. H. Auden
Sir A.J. Ayer
Dan Aykroyd CM
Charles Babbage FRS
Syd Barrett / Roger Barrett
David Bellamy OBE
Augustin Louis Cauchy
King Charles XII of Sweden
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Helen Dale / Darville / Demidenko
Paul Dirac OM FRS
Albert Einstein FRS
Robert "Bobby" Fischer
Tim Fischer AC FTSE
Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher FRS
Janet Frame ONZ CBE
Charles de Gaulle
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
Major-General Charles George Gordon CB
Sir William Rowan Hamilton
G. H. Hardy
Gerard Manley Hopkins
John Howard (1726-1790)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Sir Keith Joseph CH PC
Ladyhawke / Pip Brown
Joseph Louis Lagrange
H. P Lovecraft
James Clerk Maxwell FRS
Reg Mombassa / Christopher O'Doherty
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein KG GCB DSO PC
John F. Nash Jr.
Sir Isaac Newton FRS
Nico / Christa Paffgen
King Philip II of Spain
Enoch Powell MBE
Willard Van Orman Quine
Peter Mark Roget FRS
William James Sidis
Vernon L. Smith
Screaming Lord Sutch / David Sutch
Henry David Thoreau
J. M. W. Turner
Eamon de Valera
John B. Watson
Herbert G. Wells
Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins
Jack B. Yeats
W. B. Yeats
If you are also interested in famous people who have or might have had synesthesia/synaesthesia, there is also a list of famous synaesthetes at the Incorrect Pleasures blog.
whos famous and ha usher syndrome
It was suspected that Adolf Hitler may of had it as well as Albert Einstein.
There's bound to be someone out there with Cockayne syndrome.
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Aspie = Person with Aspergers Syndrome. It's friendly slang that those with Aspergers Syndrome use to refer to themselves. People without Aspergers Syndrome are referred to as NTs - Neurotypicals.
some are, but not all
Yes in fact savant syndrome is one of chance.
It is estimate that around 700,000 children have Aspergers Syndrome.
We face the challenges of intolerant people, disorganization and insomnia.
People with aspergers are often bullied Aspergers can lead to deprerssion, since they are lonlier and are have higher stress levels People with aspergers are often shy, and have troble making friends
Yes, women with Aspergers Syndrome experience menopause differently
yes they can owns guns
It's spelled "Aspergers" and yes, they do get depressed.