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Celebrities with autism, such as Albert Einstein and Donald Triplett are the most notable personalities. They are some of the most influential people in the world, so it’s hard to believe the truth that they were autistic.

Autism is a condition that affects how a person thinks, interacts with others, and experiences the world. People with autism might have trouble talking and understanding social cues, prefer routines, and have specific interests.

In this article, we will talk about some of the most famous people who have autism.

List of Famous People with Autism

Celebrities and internet personalities also live with autism. It is not related to how poor or rich you are; it can happen to anyone. I have compiled a list of some of the most famous people with autism and discussed the traits they face.

  1. Elon Musk 
  2. Donald Triplett
  3. Sir Isaac Newton
  4. Albert Einstein
  5. Hans Christian Andersen
  6. Benjamin Franklin
  7. Stephen Wiltshire
  8. Susan Boyle
  9. Chris Packham
  10. Courtney Love

Elon Musk

Elon Musk, who owns Twitter, has autism. He had a tough childhood and was bullied. In a TED talk, he said his brain works differently. He took things literally and had to learn about social cues.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Donald Triplett

According to Wikipedia, Donald Triplett was the first person diagnosed with autism. He developed impressive abilities like naming musical notes and quick mental math. He lived a full life, working at a bank, enjoying golf, and traveling. His story offers hope and understanding about autism. Triplett passed away in 2023 at age 89.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, often called the father of modern science, is thought to have been on the spectrum. The English mathematician and physicist had certain traits, like rarely speaking, being deeply focused on his work, and having a temperament that was seen as either lukewarm or bad-tempered. Many researchers confirmed that Newton had autism.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Albert Einstein

Rumors show that the great Albert Einstein had autism. He showed signs that confirmed the rumors to some extent. Einstein was often alone and repeated sentences and phrases until he was seven. Some researchers believe it’s very likely he had autism.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author famous for his fairytales. Some people believe he talked about his challenges, which might have been symptoms of autism, through his stories like the Ugly Duckling. He didn’t have an official diagnosis, but the signs showed that he was suffering.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, might have been on the autism spectrum. Even though it might have been a mild form. But there is no official statement of the diagnosis.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsNo
Problems CommunicatingNo

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle became famous after singing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. People were surprised by her at first, but when she sang, everyone was amazed. In an interview, she revealed about autism and talked about her challenges and difficulties.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire is an architectural artist who draws city skylines from memory. He’s autistic and was diagnosed at age three. Even though he struggled with speaking, he drew for the British Prime Minister at eight and published a book at 13. He’s drawn cities worldwide and opened his gallery in London.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Chris Packham

Chris Packham is an English naturalist, photographer, TV presenter, and author. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s in his 40s. As a kid, he was bullied and found happiness in spending time with a bird. Packham says he finds it easier to connect with animals than people.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

Courtney Love

Courtney Love is an American singer, songwriter, and actress on the autism spectrum. She leads the alternative rock band Hole. Love mentioned her autism diagnosis briefly in an interview with Rolling Stone. She said she’s an introvert and was diagnosed at an early age when she couldn’t speak. She started therapy when she was three years old.

Traits of AutismYes or No
Obsessive InterestsYes
Difficulty in Social RelationshipsYes
Problems CommunicatingYes

 

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