Notable People with Asperger's Syndrome in the Arts and Sciences

This list has been created to prove Hans Asperger's quote true:


It has been compiled based on other lists I have found on the net as well as various authoritative books and articles on Asperger's Syndrome and personal research. If you know someone who in your opinion should be included or if you have been included and would like to be removed, please contact me at notableaspieprodigieshelp at gmail dot com. The author has a close relative with Asperger's Syndrome and is interested in prodigies.

Congratulations to all these great people for their continuous fight and their amazing achievements in spite of possibly adverse circumstances in their lives.

I have also recently found this great site: Autism Hall of Fame. It is more comprehensive and up-to-date than my site for contemporary autistic geniuses (it is a site for contemporary, not historical geniuses), and I am sure you will enjoy it a lot.


Contemporary People

Woody Allen, actor, writer, director, producer, jazz clarinettist (USA)


Danny Beath, award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer (Germany/England)


Henry Bond, writer and photographer (England)


Richard Borcherds, mathematician specializing in group theory and Lie algebras (South Africa/England)


Phillipa "Pip" Brown (aka Ladyhawke), indie rock musician (New Zealand)

Camilla Connolly, artist (Australia)


Johnny Dean, singer/songwriter of Britpop band Menswear (England)


Charles Dickinson, novelist (USA)


James Durbin, finalist on the tenth season of American Idol (USA)


Bob Dylan, singer and songwriter (USA)


Tim Ellis, magician and author (Australia)


Joseph Erber, young composer/musician, subject of a BBC TV documentary (England)


Marie C. Faverio, award-winning poet, author, artist, musician (Australia)


David Helfgott, pianist, subject of the movie Shine (Australia)


Peter Howson, painter (Scotland)


Luke Jackson, author (England)


Garrison Keillor, writer, humorist and host of Prairie Home Companion (USA)


Paul Kostabi, writer, comedian, artist, producer, technician (USA)


Travis Meeks, lead singer, guitarist and song writer for acoustic rock band Days of the New (USA)


Les Murray, long-standing poet (Australia)


John Nash, mathematician portrayed by Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind (USA)


Jerry Newport, author and mathematical savant, basis of the film Mozart and the Whale (USA)


Craig Nicholls, frontman of the Australian alternative rock band The Vines (Australia)


  Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author (USA)


Chooka Parker, musician, speculated to have Asperger's Syndrome, but not officially diagnosed (Australia)


Dawn Prince-Hughes, primate anthropologist, ethologist, and author (USA)


John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye (USA)


Oliver Sacks, neurologist, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings (England/USA)


Declan Skyes, musician (Australia)


Satoshi Tajiri, creator and designer of Pokemon (Japan)


James Taylor, singer/songwriter (USA)


Liane Holliday Willey, author, Asperger's syndrome advocate, education professor (USA)


Adam Young, multi-instrumentalist, producer and the founder of the electronic project Owl City (USA)

Historical People Thought to Have Had Asperger's Syndrome

(Dr. Michael Fitzgerald's books are very interesting if you want to find out more about the lives of some of these geniuses and why they are thought to have been on the spectrum)


Hans Christian Andersen, author of children's stories, 1805-75 (Denmark)


Archimedes, c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC, mathematician, physicist, inventor and astronomer (Greece)


Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, writer on science and of science fiction, author of Bicentennial Man (Russia/USA)


Jane Austen, 1775-1817, novelist (England)


A.J. Ayer, 1910-89, philosopher (England)


Charles Babbage, 1791-1871, mathematician, philosopher and (proto-) computer scientist who originated the idea of a programmable computer (England)


Béla Bartók, 1881-1945, composer (Hungary)


Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, composer (Germany)


Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, inventor of the telephone (Scotland)


Anton Bruckner, 1824-1896, composer (Austria)


Lewis Carroll, 1832-98, author (England)


Henry Cavendish, 1731-1810, scientist (France/England)


Bruce Chatwin, 1940-89, novelist and travel writer (England/France)


Charles Darwin, 1809-82, naturalist (England)


John Denver, 1943-1997, musician (USA)


Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, poet (USA)


Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930 (Scotland)

Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, inventor (USA)


Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, theoretical physicist (Germany/USA)


Paul Erdős, 1913-1996, mathematician (Hungary)


Bobby Fischer, 1943-2008, World Chess Champion, USA


Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, politician/writer, USA


Kurt Gödel, 1906-78, logician, mathematician and philosopher (Austria/USA)


Glenn Gould, 1932-1982, pianist (Canada)


Oliver Heaviside, 1850-1925, physicist (England)


Jim Henson, 1936-1990, creator of the Muppets, puppeteer, writer, producer, director, composer (USA)


David Hilbert, 1862-1943, mathematician (Germany)

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-89, poet (England/Ireland)


Carl Jung, 1875-1961, psychoanalyst (Switzerland)


Franz Kafka, 1883-1924, writer (Austria/Hungary, now Czech Republic)


Wasily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, painter (Russia/France)


Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, philosopher (Germany)


Alfred Charles Kinsey, 1894-1956, biologist (USA)


Charles Lindbergh, 1902-1974, aviator, author, inventor, explorer and social activist (USA)


H P Lovecraft, 1890-1937, writer (USA)


L S Lowry, 1887-1976, painter of "matchstick men" (England)


(Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1868-1928, architect and designer, Scotland)


Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, composer (Austria/Czechoslovakia)


Herman Melville, 1819-91, novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet (USA)


Gregor Mendel, 1822-84, founder of the science of genetics (Austria/Hungary, now Czech Republic)


Michelangelo, 1475-1564, Renaissance artist, sculptor, poet, architect and engineer (Italy)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791, composer (Austria)


Isaac Newton, 1642-1727, mathematician and physicist (England)


Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, philosopher (Germany)


George Orwell, 1903-50, novelist and journalist (British India/England)


Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, philosopher, mathematician, logician, historian and social critic (England)


Erik Satie, 1866-1925, composer (France)


George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, playwright, critic and socialist (Ireland)


Charles Schulz, 1922-2000, cartoonist and creator of Peanuts and Charlie Brown (USA)


Spinoza, 1632-77, philosopher (Dutch Republic, now Netherlands)


Richard Strauss, 1864-1949, composer (Germany)


Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745, satirist, essayist, poet (Ireland)


Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943, scientist, engineer, inventor of electric motors (Austrian Empire, now Croatia/USA)


Henry Thoreau, 1817-1862, author, poet, philosopher(USA)


Alan Turing, 1912-1954, mathematician, computer scientist and cryptographer (England)


Mark Twain, 1835-1910, author and humorist (USA)

    Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890, painter (Netherlands)

Leonardo Da Vinci, 1452-1519,

painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartograph, botanist and writer (Italy)

Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, artist (USA)

John Broadus Watson, 1878-1958, founder of the psychological school of behaviourism (USA)

Simone Weil, 1909-43, philosopher, mystic, activist (France/England)


H.G. Wells, 1866-1946, writer (England)


Norbert Wiener, 1894-1964, mathematician (USA)


Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1889-1951, logician and philosopher (Austria/England)


(Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941, writer, England)


Jack B. Yeats, 1871-1957, artist (Ireland)


William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939, poet (Ireland)