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10 Historical Figures That May Have Been on the Spectrum

The autism spectrum, as a range of similar disorders, didn’t go mainstream as a medical diagnosis until the 20th century. Doctors and professionals still don’t fully understand autism, but it was virtually unknown in the past. Here are some famous figures in human history may have been on the spectrum based on records of their behaviors and mannerisms.


Thomas Jefferson


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Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was very shy and didn’t like to make eye contact. Jefferson was extremely intelligent and probably a genius who displayed signs of Asperger’s syndrome.



Albert Einstein


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Albert Einstein, the father of the theory of relativity, had trouble processing language. He also had tactile sensitivity and faced difficulties in social situations.

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