A List of Famous People with Learning Disabilities
There are many famous people who have had learning disabilities.
The reason for the following list is to demonstrate that these
so-called disabilities (the concept is somewhat subjective, to
say the least) don't have to prevent you from developing your
brain power. Albert Einstein is on this list, and clearly he
had something to contribute to science despite his problems.
Billionaire Richard Branson says he still couldn't read at age
eight, yet went on to found Virgin Airlines and many other businesses.
So don't get too discouraged if you have a few problems learning.
Some People with Learning Disabilities
(Or Attention Deficit Disorder)
Gen. George Patton
Leonardo da Vinci
John F. Kennedy
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of course, not all these famous people have been officially
diagnosed with learning disabilities, but they have exhibited
many of the signs of ADD, ADHD & LD. The world famous author
John Irving tells us, "The diagnosis of dyslexia wasn't
available in the late fifties - bad spelling like mine was considered
a psychological problem by the language therapist who evaluated
my mysterious case. When the repeated courses of language therapy
were judged to have had no discernible influence on me, I was
turned over to the school psychiatrist."
Woodrow Wilson, the American scholar, statesman, and 28th
president of the U.S.A, couldn't read until he was ten-years-old.
Actor Anthony Hopkins thought he was a "moron," as
a child, because he was so hopeless in school. Jack Horner, the
model for the renegade paleontologist Allen Grant in 'Jurassic
Park', is now the curator of paleontology at the Museum of the
Rockies in Bozeman, Montana and also a professor at Montana State
University. He has found more fossils, pioneered more innovative
technologies and postulated more theories about dinosaurs than
anyone else, and yet doesn't have a University degree, having
flunked out of college seven times.
More Famous People with Learning Problems
Hans Christian Andersen
George C. Scott
Werner von Braun
Dwight D. Eisenhower
George Bernard Shaw
Alexander Graham Bell