Sunday, November 05, 2006

Famous people who are thought by some to have been autistic who have an infants' educational toy or product named after them

Albert Einstein ("Baby Einstein" product range, including flash cards)

Isaac Newton ("Baby Newton Discovering Shapes" DVD)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ("Baby Mozart" DVD)

Vincent van Gogh ("Baby Van Gogh World of Colours" DVD)

Ludwig van Beethoven ("Baby Beethoven Symphony of Fun" DVD)

Don't we all want our babies to grow up to be autistic genuises?

References that contain speculation that famous geniuses were on the autistic spectrum

Baron-Cohen, Simon (2003) The essential difference. Penguin Books.

[Einstein, Newton, William Shockley, Michael Ventris, Richard Borcherds, Paul Dirac]

Fitzgerald M. (2000) Letters to the Editor: Einstein: Brain and behaviour. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol.30, no. 6 December 2000, p. 620 – 621

Fitzgerald, Michael (2005) The genesis of artistic creativity: Asperger’s syndrome and the arts. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
[Mozart, Beethoven, van Gogh, Warhol, Gaudi, Hopper, Quine, Wittgenstein, Maxwell, Swift, H. Christian Andersen, Melville, Carroll, W. B. Yeats, Conan Doyle, Orwell, Chatwin, Spinoza, Kant, Weil, A. J. Ayer, Satie, Bartok, Gould, J. B. Yeats, L.S. Lowry]

Grandin, Temple (1995) Thinking in pictures: and other reports from my life with autism. 1st edition. Doubleday. 1995.
[Einstein, van Gogh, Wittgenstein, Bill Gates]

Grinker, Roy (2007) Unstrange minds: remapping the world of autism. Basic Books.
[Vincent van Gogh, Bobby Fischer, Leo Kanner]

James, Ioan (2005) Asperger syndrome and high achievement: some very remarkable people. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

[Newton, Einstein, van Gogh, Michelangelo, Philip of Spain, Swift, John Howard, Cavendish, Jefferson, Satie, Russell, Bartók, Ramanujan, Wittgenstein, Kinsey, Weil, Turing, Highsmith, Warhol, Glenn Gould]

James, Ioan (2004) Remarkable physicists: from Galileo to Yukawa. Cambridge University Press.
[Newton, Einstein, Dirac, Cavendish]

Ledgin, Norman (2002) Asperger’s and self-esteem: insight and hope through famous role models. Future Horizons, 2002.
[Albert Einstein, Mozart, Charles Darwin, Orson Welles, Marie Curie, Carl Sagan, Glenn Gould, Thomas Jefferson]

Paradiz, Valerie (2002) Elijah’s cup: a family’s journey into the community and culture of high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The Free Press, 2002.
[Einstein, Andy Kaufman, Andy Warhol, Wittgenstein, Glenn Gould, Temple Grandin]

And one reference giving an opposing argument

Sacks, Oliver (2004) Autistic geniuses?: we’re too ready to pathologize (letter). Nature. May 20th 2004, Vol. 429, p. 241.
[a letter in which Sacks states that he does not believe that Wittgenstein, Einstein nor Newton “were significantly autistic”]

copyright Lili Marlene, 2005, 2006, 2007.

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