There are many successful people with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of ASD in a number of fields.

With a diagnosis

  • Alexis Wineman (Miss Montana 2012, Miss America Contestant 2013)
  • Andy Worhol (artist)
  • Courtney Love (singer)
  • Dan Ackroyd (actor)
  • Darryl Hannah (actor)
  • Paddy Considine (actor)
  • Phillipa Margaret “Pip” Brown AKA Ladyhawke (New Zealand Singer, Songwriter)
  • Susan Boyle (singer)
  • Tim Burton (movie director)

Suspected diagnosis

Though the word ‘autism’ has been in use for 100 years, it was not until the 1940’s that researchers started to use the word ‘autism’ to describe children with social or emotional challenges. Some of the following persons are suspected of displaying traits often associated with ASD.

  • Bill Gates (co-founder Microsoft)
  • Bob Dylan (singer)
  • Charles Darwin (Naturalist)
  • Isaac Newton (physicist & mathematician)
  • Thomas Jefferson (US president)
  • Woody Allen (actor & movie director)
  • Amadeus Mozart (composer)
  • Albert Einstein (scientist)
  • Lewis Carrol (author of Alice in Wonderland)
  • Michelangelo (sculptor, painter, architect)
  • Hans Christian Andersen (author)
  • Emily Dickinson (poet)