Famous Exemplary Personalities in Wheelchairs

Being in a wheelchair is not a hindrance to chasing success. In fact, being wheelchair-bound serves as a motivation for some people to work harder and excel in their field. Here are some famous people in wheelchairs who lived exemplary lives.

A Young Stephen Hawking. Credit: Liam White/Alamy Stock Photo

A Young Stephen Hawking. Credit: Liam White/Alamy Stock Photo

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is a prolific theoretical physicist, astrophysicist, cosmologist, and professor at Cambridge. He discovered that he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease after graduating from Oxford and just as he began his research. However, Hawking’s condition never stopped him from exploring science and space. His notable works include proving the universe has a definite beginning and developing a mathematical proof for black holes, among many others. His book, “A Brief History of Time” is one of Sunday Times’ bestsellers of all time.

FDR. Credit: Wikipedia

FDR. Credit: Wikipedia

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a former US President who served in office for four terms. He became a Senator and later on became the Assistant Secretary of Navy. Shortly after serving as Assistant Secretary, he contracted an illness that led to his paralysis from the waist down. His condition was unknown to the public and he was seldom seen in his wheelchair. In 1933, he went on to become the 32nd US President amidst The Great Depression. He authored the “New Deal”, a set of economic programs that gave Americans financial relief and recovery and lead to reforms in the country. He also mobilised the United States to side with the Allied Forces using his ideological beliefs. Roosevelt died in office in 1945 at the age of 63.

Frida Kahlo. Credit: PLAIN Magazine

Frida Kahlo. Credit: PLAIN Magazine

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is a painter who redefined beauty standards and graced the world with her artwork and fashion. She contracted polio at age six and became paralysed from the waist down in her teens due to a bus accident. She also had spina bifida. Many of Kahlo’s paintings were self-portraits that depicted her pain, suffering and condition. One of her paintings show her sitting in her wheelchair. She became largely famous after her death in 1954 at the age of 47.

Christopher Reeve. Credit: gosocial

Christopher Reeve. Credit: gosocial

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve was an actor, director, producer, writer, equestrian and activist. He portrayed Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987. He also appeared in other films like Somewhere in Time, Deathtrap, and Street Smart. A horse-riding accident in 1995 left him paralysed and confined in a wheelchair. Reeve continued acting after the accident and became an advocate for spinal cord injury patients and stem cell research. He is the founder of Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He is also the co-founder of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center which devotes itself to spinal cord injury treatment research. Christopher Reeve died at the age of 52 in 2004.

Wheel your way to success

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