Who Are Some Famous People With Disabilities?


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Some famous people with disabilities include Stephen Hawking, Heather Whitestone and Dr. John Nash. These individuals succeeded in their respective fields and received various accolades and recognitions.

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Hawking attended Oxford University and earned his Ph.D from Cambridge University. A scientist by profession, Hawking was appointed as Cambridge’s first gravitational professor when he was 35 and was laudable professor of Mathematics, having received the Lucasian award. His book titled "A Brief History of Time" has been a bestseller. At 21, Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease that affects the nerves and impacts a patient’s walking, breathing and swallowing.

In 1995, Whitestone was the first disabled person crowned as Miss America. Deaf since she was 18 months old, Whitestone overcame reading difficulties to display her special talents. She underwent a cochlear implant operation in 2002 to help her hear in her right ear, and as of 2007, she was the Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation and the Starkey Hearing Aid Foundation spokesperson.

Dr. Nash is a Nobel laureate in economic sciences and a mathematician who contributed immensely to the field of game theory. For two decades, Nash slumped into episodes of delusions and hallucinations. However, his ideas influenced several spheres such as politics and foreign affairs. His battle with schizophrenia inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind," which won four Oscars and illuminated his star.

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