Famous people with LD and AD/HD
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By GreatSchools Staff
Explorers and adventurers
- Ann Bancroft, an honoree in the National Women's Hall of Fame, was the first woman to travel to the North Pole and lead an all-woman dogsled team to the South Pole.
Legal and political figures
- David Boies, a runner-up in 2000 for Time's Man of the Year, is a prestigious lawyer involved in high-profile cases.
- James Carville is one of the most famous U.S. political consultants. According to E. Clarke Ross, CEO of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), "Mr. Carville is perhaps one of the best-known people in Washington, and he lives with AD/HD." Carville is also an author, restaurateur, and cohost of radio and television shows. Today he concentrates on international political and corporate consulting.
- Gavin Newsom is the youngest mayor of San Francisco in 100 years and has dyslexia.
- Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of New York for 12 years and as vice president of the United States under Gerald Ford.
- Peter Wright is an attorney and advocate who represents children with special educational needs.
- Harvey Cushing, M.D., (1869-1939) a world renowned neurosurgeon, had dyslexia.
- Helen Taussig, M.D. (1898-1986), was a successful cardiologist who struggled with dyslexia, which made school difficult for her. Even so, she graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School.
- Delos Cosgrove, M.D., is a cardiothoracic surgeon, inventor of several medical devices, and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. He says, "I didn't know I was dyslexic until I was 33 years old. I went all the way through medical school without knowing it."
- Harry Belafonte is a famous singer, actor, entertainer, and political activist who, even into his seventies, uses his position as a celebrity to promote human rights worldwide.
- Jon Finn is active in the music business as a musician, songwriter, and engineer/producer.
- Stephan Jenkins is a former University of California at Berkeley valedictorian and the singer-songwriter for Third Eye Blind, a rock group with two platinum albums to its credit.
- Jewel is a young pop-music sensation who recently wrote an autobiography of her life growing up in Alaska.
- Phillip Manuel, one of the country's leading jazz vocalists, was diagnosed with AD/HD in 2000 and says only then did his life journey begin to make sense to him.
- Bob Weir, a guitarist and vocalist, formerly with the Grateful Dead, is now bandleader of RatDog.
Scientists, engineers, and technology experts
- Engineer and inventor William "Bill" Hewlett (1913-2001) co-founded with David Packard the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1939, which became the second-largest computer company in the world.
- Dr. John (Jack) Horner is a famous paleontologist, or dinosaur expert, who advised Steven Spielberg on films such as Jurassic Park and The Lost World.
- Don Johnston, CEO of Don Johnston, Inc. His mission is to support diverse learners with proven instructional models, effective literacy strategies, and innovative technologies to help them reach grade-level performance.
- John Roberts, CEO and co-founder of SugarCRM, is seen as a pioneer in commercial open-source software applications that businesses use for tasks such as managing sales and keeping track of customers.
- Richard Rogers, one of Britain's most-admired architects, is known for his many stunning buildings and his pioneering views on sustainable cities.
- Bill Wilson, a fire investigator with a "seventh sense," has a reputation for solving the unsolvable in car crash mysteries.