An Incomplete List of Scientists with Disabilities and their Contributions

Sir Humphrey Davy- a chemist with a visual impairment and a chronic health impairment who discovered Sodium, Potassium, Chlorine, Boron, Magnesium, Calcium, Strontium, and Barium

Stephen Hawking- a physicist with ALS who has made many important discoveries in physics

Robert Wilhelm Bunsen- a chemist with a visual impairment that discovered Ruthenium and Cesium

Ralph Braun- an engineer with muscular dystrophy who made the first battery powered wheelchair lift.

Geerat Vermeij- a paleontologist who is blind and has brought much insight about evolution that might have gone unnoticed otherwise

John Forbes Nash- a mathematician with schizophrenia who contributed greatly to mathematics and business education through his theory of Nash Equilibrium that at a certain point you canít back off a position without losing tings and ending with less than you started with.

Anders Ekeberg- a chemist with a hearing and visual impairment who discovered Tantalum

Temple Grandin- An animal behaviorist with autism who revolutionized how the livestock industry treated animals

Dirk Coster- a chemist with a chronic health impairment who discovered Hafnium

Richard Leaky- a paleontologist who had both legs amputated below the knee after a plane crash yet continued finding near complete skeletons in his native Kenya

Edwin Krebs- a biochemist with a hearing impairment who won a Nobel Prize in 1992 because of his research on hormones, cell life spans, and how organ donation rejection can occur.

Thomas Edison- a scientist who after a bout of Scarlet Fever had a resulting hearing impairment revolutionized electricity and has 1000 other patents

Eugene-Anatole DeMarcay- a chemist with a visual impairment who discovered Europium and Radium

Gustav Kirchhoff- a physicist with a mobility impairment whose work with electrical rules are still relevant today

Albert Einstein- a famous physicist with a learning disability and is considered by many to be one of the smartest people ever.

William H. Wollaston- a chemist with a visual impairment who discovered Rhodium and Palladium

Karl Auer von Welsbach- a chemist with a hearing impairment who discovered Praseodymium, Neodymium, and Lutetium

Ferdinand Reich- a chemist with a vision impairment who discovered Indium

Joseph Priestly- a chemist with a visual impairment who discovered Oxygen and whom the prestigious Priestly medal is named for

Pierre Janssen- a chemist with a physical disability who discovered Helium

 

Sources: several Wikipedia pages and the help of American Chemical Society Chemists with Disabilities members