Famous Dyspraxics

Dyspraxics may not advertise, but their uniqueness has been a major contributor to our culture and science. The list below is a few of the people past and present who are identified (without proof I should add) as being dyspraxic and have excelled in their chosen fields.

Isaac Newton Isaac Newton - Scientist
Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso - Artist
George Orwell Eric Blair (aka George Orwell) - Author
Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway - Author
Emily Bronte Emily Bronte - Author
 G.K. Chesterton G.K. Chesterton - Author / Theologian
Jack_Kerouac Jack Kerouac - Author
Richard Branson Richard Branson - Entrepreneur

David Bailey
David Bailey - Photographer

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe - Actor

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein - Scientist
Robin Williams Robin Williams - Actor
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Poet / Philosopher
Bill Gates Bill Gates - Entrepreneur
Marilyn Monroe Norma Jeane Mortenson (aka Marilyn Monroe) - Actress
Stephen Fry Stephen Fry - Comedian
Florence Welsh Florence Welch - Singer Songwriter

Sometimes it is easy for dyspraxics to feel isolated, and not recognise their value. But the folks above are just a subset who show the value that dyspraxics have contributed...

And if we look locally, we can see a full range of people with some great skills - not just the expected "career in IT", but in art, fashion and design, writing, music, innovation, problem solving, maths etc.



I just had to add two of the people I most admire:

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin. I am embarrassed to say that it is only in the last few years I found out more about her as a person (rather than simply respecting her work) and so hadn't realised she was on the ASD - but what a great role model for people on the ASD! Check out her web site - and the semi auto-biographic movie Temple Grandin if you haven't already seen it - it's much better than you would think from the topic.

Geoffrey Pyke

Geoffrey Pyke - a brilliant / eccentric / creative engineer during WWII, and cousin of the more famous media figure Magnus Pyke.

The world would be a different place without the contributions of those on the ASD...I wonder what would happen if they were supported in our society, rather than isolated...

Coincidentally, I also came across Forgotten Letters: An Anthology of Literature by Dyslexic Writers - I've not read it, but what a strange Anthology...

In our house, anyone who makes chocolate is always welcome (sadly). So we are always going to look up to someone like Louis Barnett a 21 chocolatier.

And yet another famous (or soon to be famous?) dyspraxic - the new British MP Emma Lewell-Buck. See Emma speaking at here

...you might be interested in the article at www.telegraph.co.nz