Famous People With Epilepsy


In history, epileptic seizures have a power and symbolism of creativity or unusual leadership abilities. A neurologist once said this: 

"Sometimes the same things that cause epilepsy result in giftedness. If you damage an area [of the brain] early enough in life, the corresponding area on the other side has a chance to overdevelop."

What is also clear in the relation of genius and epilepsy is that prominent prophets and other holy men, political leaders, philosophers, and many who achieved great-ness in the arts and sciences, suffered from epilepsy. People with epilepsy have excelled in every area and are responsible for changing civilization as we know it, all of whom are strongly suspected or known to have had epilepsy. It's an impressive group!

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Alexander the Great

Julius Caesar

Dante Aligheiri

Napoleon Bonaparte

Ludwig van Beethoven

Leonardo da Vinci


George Frederick Handel 

Niccolo Paganini 

Harriet Tubman

Mohammed The Prophet

Joan of Arc

Soren Kierkegaard

Jonathan Swift

Blaise Pascal

Isaac Newton

Alfred Nobel

Peter Tchaikovsky

Edgar Allen Poe

Vincent van Gogh

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Fyodour Dostoyefsky

George Gordon Lord Byron

Percy Bysshe Shelly

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Charles Dickens

Lewis Carroll

Leo Tolstoy

Gustave Flaubert

Agatha Christie

Trumen Capote

Sir Richard F. Burton

Margaux Hemingway

Edward Lear

Peter the Great

Algernon Charles Swinburne (English poet)

Buddha (founder of Buddism)

Guy de Maupassant (French author)

Neil Young ( Canadian rock musician)

Hector Berlioz (French composer)

Mike Nolan (singer with Buck's Fizz)

Tony Grieg (cricketer)

Richard Jobson (model, presenter, singer with 'The Skids')

Jonty Rhodes (cricketer)

Max Clifford (publicist)

Margaret McEleney (Won seven medals in 1996 Paralympic Games)

Queen Boadicea

Sister Wendy Beckett (art expert)

Clare Gorham (writer and TV presenter)

Ian Curtis (singer with Joy Division)

Doug Wert (golfer)

Martha Curtis (concert violinist, public speaker)

Reginald Bosanquet (newsreader)

Bud Abbott ( America comedian of Abbott and Costello fame)

Elizabeth Clare Prophet (spiritual leader)

Hannibal (Carthaginian general)

William Pitt (politician)

Rodney King and Reginald Denny (LA riots)

James Madison ( fourth US president )

Alan Blinston (British marathon runner)

Tony Lazzeri (baseball)

Neil Abercrombie (congressman)

Tony Grieg (cricketer)

Elton John ( English pop singer)

Richard Burton (actor)

Danny Glover (actor)

Gary Howatt (hockey player)

William the Third

Saint Paul the Apostle

Sir Walter Scott (literary figure)

Michael Wilding (Actor)

Tony Coelho (a former California congressman; author of the American Disabilities Act and Chair of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities)