Disability is not inability. The world has witnessed few names that regardless of their disabilities have risen far above their struggling phases and have hugged victory in a manner that the complete humanity was marveled at them. Their determination, courage and love for work have touched the world and have engraved their names on iron shields. Many of them might not be among us today but their extraordinary stories are still topics of discussion. So let us peep into the record of top 10 famous people with disabilities to have a closer glance of the lives.
Top Ten Famous People with Disabilities
Identify the names who have embraced the path of success in spite of having severe disabilities.
1. Albert Einstein
Known to be the most well known scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein was born with the learning disability. He was not in a position to talk until his was three and could not learn anything till he turned eight. He had hard times comprehending Mathematics while in school. Despite all these, he grew up to develop and formulate end number of theories and scientific papers, especially in Physics. He was even awarded with the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.
2. Alexander Graham Bell
Credited for introducing the fist practical telephone, Alexander Graham Bell is one such eminent inventor who falls into the category of famous people with disability. He had dyslexia causing problems during his learning years in school. He was as well unresponsiveness towards anything in life except science. But due to his sole interest in the field of science, he did pioneering work in hydrofoils, optical telecommunications and aeronautics and by 1888; he became an active member of the National Geographic Society.
3. Walt Disney
A notable figure not only in the history of American animation industry but also renowned all over the globe, Walt Disney suffered from learning disabilities during the early stage of his growing years. But this could not become the obstacle in his path of success as an international icon during the twentieth century for extreme contributions in the arena of entertainment. Even today he is remembered as a remarkable innovator in theme park design and animation.
4. Thomas Edison
The inventor of electric bulb along with other thousands of creations, Thomas Edison’s name appears along with the top 10 famous people with disabilities only because he had dyslexia. He could not speak anything properly and hated Mathematics. He had to undergo a rough phase during his schooling years and was regarded too dumb by his teacher and schoolmates. Later he was appreciated for moulding out many life changing devices including the the motion picture camera and the phonograph.
5. Helen Adams Keller
Helen Adams Keller was the first deaf-blind person to graduate out successfully with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She even became a renowned author and activist in America. Her disability did not pull her back from travelling to various parts of the world and to show her disagreements towards war. Furthermore, she was involved in a number of progressive causes such as workers’ rights, women’s suffrage and socialism. During 1920, Helen Keller even contributed in the formation of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
6. Stephen Hawking
Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the young age of twenty one, Stephen Hawking is a well reputed English theoretical physicist, author and cosmologist. Regardless of the illness, he continued to carry on his scientific works concerning cosmology and his own theories. He was even the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He is even a vocal supporter of interpretations of quantum mechanics. Since 2009 he has been completely paralyzed.
7. Ludwig Van Beethoven
A prominent musical figure from the transitioning phase of Classical to Romantic eras in the Western art music, Ludwig Van Beethoven suffered from a acute form of tinnitus. The disease appeared to him when he had spent only twenty six years of his life making him completely deaf. He struggled with it and by the time he breathed his last he had composed nine symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, five concertos for piano and 16 string quartets along with other choral works, chamber music and songs. He is one of the famous people that have disabilities and yet fight it.
8. Marla Runyan
Marla Runyan is a three-time national champion American track and field athlete despite the fact that she is legally blind. At the 1992 Summer Paralympics, she won four gold medals for long jump and the 100, 200, and 400 meter races. Later in 1999 Marla went on to win another gold medal in 1,500-meter race during the Pan American Games. She as well qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games after finishing at second spot in the United States Olympic Trials. Marla Runyan was born on 4th January, 1969 in Santa Maria, California.
9. Woodrow Wilson
Suffering from dyslexic, the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson had learning disabilities during his growing years. Once he became a part of the American politics he showed out to be a highly effectual partisan campaigner and a legislative strategist with excellent mastery over political language. Apart from being elected for the highest post in the nation on 4th March, 1913; Woodrow Wilson was also the 34th Governor of New Jersey and the 13th President of Princeton University from 1911 – 1913 and 1902 – 1910 respectively.
10. Sudha Chandran
Sudha Chandran is a famous Indian actress and an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer in spite of losing her leg in an accident. She had displayed her talents in overseas locations including Canada, Europe, Middle East etc and had been honored with a number of awards. Sudha was born in in Irinjalakuda, Kerala and holds a Masters Degree in Economics. Thus she is included in the list of famous people with disabilities.