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Perspectives on autism

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, will be the keynote speaker at a public lecture on autism be held at LSE on Tuesday 14 November.

Professor Baron-Cohen will discuss the connection between scientific talent and autism and will consider the validity of claims that Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein were autistic. Is there any truth to the idea that autism and scientific talent are not wholly independent of one another? That is, that scientists as a group have higher rates of autism than one would expect from chance, or that people with autism have a particular facility for thinking scientifically?

Simon Baron-Cohen is professor of developmental psychopathology and director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

Jane Asher, president of the National Autistic Society, and Trevor Smith, managing director and senior disability champion for Goldman Sachs in Europe, will also speak at the event about employment options and opportunities for those with autism.

Perspectives on Autism is on Tuesday 14 November at 6.45pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

9 November 2006

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