Famous people with formal or informal diagnoses of
dyslexia and or ADD, ADHD are listed below. Most had
a tutor to provide tutorials on many subjects at school.
Inventors and

Ann Bancroft, Arctic Explorer
(Ann needed a tutor for learning

Alexander Graham Bell

Charles Schwab
(Schwab needed a tutor for dyslexia
and never felt that he had ADHD ADD)


John Britten, Inventor
(Dyslexia led Britten to need a tutor
while ADHD ADD needed to be ruled

Pierre Curie, Physicist (1903 Nobel

Thomas Edison
(Edison was in need of a tutor albeit it
was unclear whether he was dyslexic

Albert Einstein

Michael Faraday
(Faraday needed tutoring for dyslexia
some wonder if ADD ADHD was part of
his learning issues)

Carol Greider
(Greider dyslexic needed a tutor albeit
during a time when ADD ADHD was
less likely a diagnosis)

Jack Horner, Paleontologist
(Horner had a tutor for dyslexia without
mentioning ADD ADHD)

Dr. Peter Lovatt, psychologist and

Dr. James Lovelock
(Tutoring made dyslexia gift for
Lovelock further testing may have
indicated ADD ADHD also)

Paul MacCready
(Needed a tutor, undiagnosed dyslexia
while ADD ADHD should be

Archer Martin, Chemist (1952 Nobel
(Tutor for dyslexia needed by Martin
with ADD ADHD could have been the

Matthew H. Schneps, Astrophysicist
(Painful dyslexia called for a tutor while
he does not think it was also ADD

John R. Skoyles, Brain Researcher
(Tutoring needed for future neurologist
whether dyslexia ADD or ADHD is
Writers and Journalists:

F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Student needed tutoring for
undiagnosed ADHD)

William Butler Yeats

Agatha Christie
(Dyslexia led Christie to need tutoring
as a child)

Scott Adams
(Cartoonist with dyslexia, as a child,
needed a tutor)

Jeanne Betancourt
(Betancourt described as dyslexic
wanted tutoring as a child)

Stephen Cannell
(Terrible school years due to
undiagnosed dyslexia and ADD ADHD)

John Corrigan
(noticed dyslexia in 4th grade and
tutoring required)

Andrew Dornenburg
(Dyslexia for student Dornenburg
called for tutoring)

Jane Elson
(Tutor can use her stories for children
with dyslexia)

Richard Engel
Engel needed (Student tutoring for
dyslexia with ADHD needed to be ruled

Patricia Neal penn name Fannie Flagg
(Dyslexic Neal required a tutor may
have had ADHD)

Gustave Flaubert
(Whether dyslexic or ADHD for student
tutoring is unclear)

Sally Gardner
(Diagnosed Dyslexic during time when
as a child ADHD may have gone
undiagnosed for tutoring)

Terry Goodkind
(Goodkind's dyslexia as a student with
possible ADHD ADD needed tutoring)

Byron Pitts
(Dyslexia and ADHD ADD needed to
be tested for tutoring purposes when a

Patricia Polacco
(Student Polacco dyslexic need more
testing for ADD ADHD to be tutored as
a child)

Eileen Simpson
(Undiagnosed dyslexic student and
possible ADHD ADD could have
helped for tutoring)

Philip Schultz
(Schultz student dealt with dyslexia
during time as a child when ADHD was
rarely diagnosed for tutoring)

Actors and Entertainers:

Harry Anderson
(Anderson needed tutor for dyslexia,
albeit student ADHD ADD needed to
be ruled out when a child)

Orlando Bloom
(tutor for dyslexia, while ADD ADHD
could have been a factor)

Harry Belafonte
(Belafonte dyslexic student during
span when ADHD ADD was not child
diagnosed for tutor)

Charley Boorman
(Dyslexia impacted student Boorman
and possibly when a child ADHD or
ADD for tutor needs)

Jim Carrey
(Carrey needed tutor for dyslexia and
possibly ADD/ADHD)

Danny Glover
(As a child student ADHD ADD needed
to be ruled out, while dyslexia called
for tutor services)

Whoopi Goldberg
(Goldberg as a lower grade child
student would have gained from tutor
as dyslexia an issue and possibly

Susan Hampshire
(Dyslexia and possibly ADD ADHD led
to child Hampshire needing  tutor
services to help student)

Keira Knightley
(Knightley would benefit from tutor as a
child student with dyslexia impeded
learning, while potentially ADHD ADD

Jay Leno
(Student with ADD/ADHD needed to be
ruled out for dyslexic child who needed

Oliver Reed
(Tutor required for dyslexia during
during child years and maybe ADD or
ADHD as a student)

Keanu Reeves
(Reeves tutor services for dyslexia at
child age as student and to have ruled
out ADHD or ADD)

Tom Smothers
(ADHD or ADD student possibly while
dyslexia issues meant tutor needed for

Billy Bob Thornton
(Student needed tutor services that
where missing for his dyslexia and
possibly ADHD or ADD, even as a

Vince Vaughn
(Music star needed tutor for dyslexia to
help as a student and to have ADHD
or ADD ruled out when a child)

Henry Winkler
(Student Winkler was dyslexic and
possibly ADHD or ADD needed tutor
when a child)
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Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders:

Steve Jobs
(Dyslexia ADD ADHD are not indicated.
Jobs needed tutoring in grade school)

Richard Branson
(Dyslexia led Branson to have trouble
in school rather than ADD ADHD. He
needed tutoring)

John T Chambers
(Tutor to address dyslexia ADD or

Henry Ford
(ADHD ADD and Dyslexia are
possibilities considered for Ford who
needed a tutor)

William Hewlett
(Dyslexia led to tutor needed to
address learning issues while ADD
ADHD need to be rule out)

Ingvar Kamprad
(Supportive parents of his dyslexia and
possible ADD ADHD. He needed a

Sir Peter Leitch
(ADD ADHD was a possibility while self
described as dyslexic in need of tutor)

Craig McCaw
(Managed family money despite or
because of dyslexia with ADD ADHD as
possible needed tutor)

O.D. McKee
(Dyslexia ADD ADHD possible reasons
for learning issues requiring a tutor)

David Neeleman
(Compensation for undiagnosed
dyslexia ADD or ADHD with called for
tutor services)

Paul J. Orfalea
(Tutor expected for ADHD and dyslexia
while not thought to have had ADD)

Charles Schwab
(Dyslexia was a challenge that left
Schwab needing a tutor. ADD ADHD
were not usually diagnosed during his
school years)

Ted Turner, President
(ADHD ADD or dyslexia were not the
case. Bipolar issues called for needing
a tutor)

Robert Woodruff
(Failed out of Georgia Tech needed
tutor services while unclear whether
ADD ADHD or dyslexia was the issue)

Frank W. Woolworth
(Teachers thought Woolworth was a
dreamer in school and needed tutor
while it is unclear whether ADHD ADD
or dyslexia)