The hand of Albert Einstein: did he have the Asperger variant of autism?

June 18, 2009

The hand of Albert Einstein!

The hand of Albert Einstein!

Albert Einstein’s hand shows signs of Asperger sydrome – the high IQ variant of autism:

Researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford believe that Albert Einstein showed signs of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Marianne Raschig was able to make a handprint of Albert Einstein’s hands in 1930. Does Einstein have the typical hand features that researchers have observed in autism?

Albert Einstein’s handprints are presented at the bottom of this post (the high quality versions are available at: THE HANDS OF ALBERT EINSTEIN). Let’s take a look at the hand characteristics that have been associated with autism in varioius scientific studies:

2D:4D Finger ratio

Professor John T. Manning described in 2002 in his first book titled: ‘Digit Ratio‘ that the hand in autism is often characterised by a by a ‘2D:4D finger ratio’ of 0.94 of lower. Interestingly Albert Einstein’s digit ratio appeared to be close to 0.93!

Fingerprints

Some Romanian researchers described in 2003 some significant results related to fingerprint asymmetries between the the right hand and the left hand. They described that they found that the hands of persons who have autism are often featured with more ‘arch’ fingerprints in the left hand and/or more ‘loop’ fingerprints in the right hand. Interestingly, Albert Einstein has 2 ‘loops’ (middle finger + pinky) in his right hand and only one ‘loop’ in his left hand (pinky)!

Unusual hand lines

In time various scientific studies have reported that the hand in autism is frequently featured with unsual palmar lines. The most important unusual palmar lines are: ‘the simian crease‘ & ‘the Sydney line‘. Interestingly, Albert Einstein has an (incomplete) Sydney line in his left hand!

The handprints of Albert Einstein.

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6 Responses to “The hand of Albert Einstein: did he have the Asperger variant of autism?”


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  2. ryan kellogg Says:

    I have a simian line on both hands. And I am normal person. But their are some things about me I can’t explain I have gift not like einstin. Never new what a simian line was tell a couple weeks ago. All ways thought I was diffrent. But my face book name is kellogg.ryan@ymail.com I would like to talk more about my gift if any one would be interrested. You can send me a friend request on facebook.

    • handfacts Says:

      Hi Ryan,

      Don’t worry, having a simian line on both hands is not usual in the sense that over 1% of all people around the world have it in both hands (in Asians it is even much more common: about 5% have it in both hands).

      I hope this is helpful to know.

      Greetings from The Netherlands, Martijn.


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  4. Nancy Says:

    intresting……


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