Since dyscalculia is less well known than some other learning disabilities, gathering a list of famous dyscalculiacs is not easy. However, I was able to find a couple celebrities with diagnosed dyscalculia and a couple who, while they may not have been able to acquire such a diagnoses in their lifetime, their difficulties with math have led people to believe they may have had a math learning disability.
Cher’s music and movie career spans five decades. She was a pop idol of the 60s and 70s but she didn’t know then that she was both dyslexic and dyscalculiac. When she found out that her son, Chaz Bono, was diagnosed dyslexic when he was 10. Questions from his doctor made her realize that she had similar difficulties. She was quoted in understood.org as saying “I couldn’t read quickly enough to get all my homework done and for me, math was like trying to understand sanskrit.”
2. Mary Tyler Moore
Another 60’s star of “The Mary Tyler Moore” show who, like Cher, didn’t find out that she had dyscalculia until late adulthood when she took an IQ test for career placement. She told “The Washington Post” that “If back then they knew what it was, they wouldn’t have said to me ‘You’re a bad girl’ or ‘a stupid girl.’ They would have given me alternative methods for learning math and I might have gone to college and grown up with a different expectation.
3. Ben Franklin
Nobody knew about dyscalculia during Ben Franklin’s time but research has shown that he struggled a great deal with mathematics but overcame his struggles to become a great scientist and inventor
4. Thomas Edison
Did you know it took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries before successfully inventing the light bulb? That wasn’t the only struggle he faced. While, like Ben Franklin, no one knew about dyscalculia in his life time but apparently, the inventor had to hire a mathematician to do his calculations for him. But he still never gave up!
5. Albert Einstein
Yes, some researchers have even theorized that the great genius Albert Einstein had dyscalculia. In fact, some even believe that his disability helped him see numbers in a very different way from the rest of the world.