Names Named: A partial list of famous and important lefties

The list of famous and important left handed people is long and full of significant names from ancient history (e.g. Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Julius Caesar) to the modern day. It includes some of the greatest minds and achievers in history. The idea that left handedness is an “impediment” to success or accomplishmentis farcical.

There are unproven claims that left handed people have higher IQs and that we make more money. But there is also the fact that left handed people cannot do certain jobs or produce as high a quality of work because equipment is made only for right handed people (e.g. industrial machinery). And don’t get me started on desks in schools and colleges, made solely for right handers….


  • Marie Curie
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Mark Twain
  • Albert Einstein
  • Brian Kerninghan
  • Nicola Tesla

Business people:

  • Bill Gates
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Henry Ford

Artists, Musicians and Writers:

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Michaelangelo
  • Wolfgang Mozart
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • H.G. Wells
  • Cole Porter
  • M.C. Escher
  • Lewis Caroll
  • Rembrandt
  • Vincent Van Gogh

Politicians and militarists:

  • Winston Churchill
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Ronald Regan
  • Herbert Hoover
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Harry Truman

Here are longer lists to gaze at:

Famous Left-Handers by M.K. Holder PhD, U of Indiana

Famous left handers from

Left Handed Wiki: Famous Left Handers Famous Lefties

The Guardian: One hundred famous left-handed people