Some very smart and very famous people have been suspected to have Asperger Syndrome. Here are a few:
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791, Austrian composer
2.Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, US inventor
3.Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, US politician
4.Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890, Dutch painter
5.Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, German/Viennese composer
6.Jane Austen, 1775-1817, English novelist, author of Pride and Prejudice
7.Michelangelo, 1475 1564 – Italian Renissance artist
8.Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943, Serbian/American scientist, engineer, inventor of electric motors
9.Isaac Newton, 1642-1727, English mathematician and physicist
10.Richard Strauss, 1864-1949, German composer
11.Benjamin Franklin,1706-1790, US polictician/writer
Generally, though it is not the same for every Aspie, the topic that they obsess over and let rule their lives is either extremely mathematical or scientific. The rules of math and science seem more solid and logical than the rules of manners and society. Aspies find comfort in the fact that these rules, unlike people, very rarely ever change. These famous people were considered very rude by people that they met in the street. They had next to no social skills. They were very intelligent people that gave us beautiful music to listen to, interesting books to read, marvelous paintings to admire, laws of math and science, light from electricity, and, in America, a better country to live in.
These people took comfort in the imaginary lives of people on pages whose lives came together like theirs did not. Comfort in knowing that the number of beats in a 4 beat measure don’t change. Comfort in the smooth, relaxing feeling of paint on a canvas.
Granted, I know nothing about their personal lives, but most of the people listed here were not very popular among their peers. It probably hurt to not know that the way they acted was no fault of their own and turned people away anyways. These intelligent, passionate people gave this world pleasure even though the world didn’t understand or completely accept them.