Albert Einstein was a mathematical genius. He didn’t learn to talk until he was three and it is suggested by some that he struggled with dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and word finding. He won the Nobel Prize for his quantum theory and is most renowned for his theory of relativity. As a humanitarian, he also worked toward justice and peace.
Danny Glover is a box office success. He was unable to read or write when he graduated from high school because of dyslexia, which went unrecognized well into his adult life. Lethal Weapon and The Color Purple are a couple of major hits in which he starred. He also has received an honorary doctorate from San Francisco State University.
Tracy Gold is known to many as Carol Seaver from the television series Growing Pains. She struggled in school with attention problems and processing information and was eventually diagnosed with AD/HD. In 1995, she was awarded the part of a woman with AD/HD in the movie Sleep, Baby, Sleep.
Whoopie Goldberg became in instant star when she debuted in The Color Purple. Her high energy, stemming from AD/HD, led her to begin performing on stage at the age of 8. She has won the Golden Globe for best actress and was even nominated for an Oscar. She lives by her advice: “No matter what you do…just give it your best shot!”
Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s awesome talent helped the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team to win five championships. His difficulties with reading and AD/HD didn’t keep him from making a name for himself. He won seven Most Valuable Player awards during his career, among many other achievements.
Greg Louganis is considered by many “the greatest diver of all time.” He struggled with reading in school and was unaware he had dyslexia until college. He has achieved several Olympic gold medals, 47 national championship titles, and numerous other recognitions, including that of five-time world champion.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the greatest composers of all time. His single-mindedness is likely to have been caused by AD/HD. He composed numerous symphonies including operas, piano concertos, violin sonatas, string quartets, and symphonies totaling over 600 works.
Isaac Newton became a famous mathematician and natural philosopher. As a boy, he daydreamed and did poorly on his schoolwork, but his single-mindedness soared him to the top of his class when he strove to academically surpass the school bully. He is most remembered for his work in the area of gravitation.
Louis Pasteur is known as one of the world’s greatest scientists. Regardless of having dysgraphia and dyslexia, he made important contributions by discovering how germs cause disease as well as discovering vaccines. A center for the study of disease was founded in his name, called the Pasteur Institute.
Charles Schwab founded Charles Schwab & Company, a discount brokerage that is now the leader in online trading. He has dyslexia and still finds reading unbearable but has excelled through the assistance of computers and dictation. He and his wife, Helen, founded The Schwab Foundation for Learning to educate teachers and parents on how to help children with learning difficulties.
Mark Twain is perhaps America’s best-known satirist. As a boy, his adventurous ways that are believed to have been caused by AD/HD, frequently got him into trouble and even danger. His way with words led him into journalism eventually authoring the American classics, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Werner Von Braun developed the Saturn rocket and pioneered the space shuttle concept. He struggled in math and, having AD/HD, often daydreamed during class of someday flying to other planets. His daydreams came close to reality when he later became a rocket engineer. He led the team that sent the first U.S. artificial satellite into orbit.
George Washington is known as “the Father of Our Country” because of his strong character and leadership qualities. He always struggled with spelling and his use of grammar. However, it didn’t keep him from leading the Continental Army in the AmericanRobin Williams Revolution—or from becoming the first president of the United States.
Robin Williams was one of America’s best-loved comedian-actors. His hyperactivity, resulting from AD/HD, worked to his advantage leading to parts in 27 movies during the 1990s alone. Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji are a couple of his major hits.