Charles Darwin 'had autism' | World News - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Charles Darwin 'had autism'

PTI | By, London
Feb 18, 2009 12:28 PM IST

English naturalist Charles Darwin, who achieved lasting fame for his Theory of Evolution, had "autism", a leading psychiatrist has claimed.

English naturalist Charles Darwin, who achieved lasting fame for his Theory of Evolution, had "autism", a leading psychiatrist has claimed.

HT Image
HT Image

According to Professor Michael Fitzgerald of Trinty College in Ireland, Darwin probably had Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism related to creativity and originality, and was suffering from a behavioural disorder.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

In fact, Darwin who penned 'On the Origin of Species', which sets out the famous theory of natural selection, had an extraordinary attention to detail but he also had difficulties with social interaction, he explained.

Prof Fitzgerald was quoted by 'The Daily Telegraph' as saying: "It is suggested that the same genes that produce autism and Asperger's syndrome are also responsible for great creativity and originality.

"Asperger's syndrome gave Darwin the capacity to hyperfocus, the extra capacity for persistence, the enormous ability to see detail that other people missed, the endless energy for a lifetime dedication to a narrow task, and the independence of mind so critical to original research."

Discover the complete story of India's general elections on our exclusive Elections Product! Access all the content absolutely free on the HT App. Download now!

Get Latest World News, Israel-Iran News Live along with Latest News from India at Hindustan Times.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On