10 Incredibly Inspiring Self Taught Scholars

These self-taught scholars have accomplished a great deal with very little education. Some went on to become scientists, journalists and even U.S. Presidents among others.

Here is the list of 10 incredibly inspiring self-taught scholars of our times.

1. Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Even after his death, this noble prize winner is still one of the most famous and admired scientists and scholars in the world. He discovered the special theory of relativity, photon theory, quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, among other theories. Albert Einstein attended primary and secondary school where he worked on his own projects and dismissed the teaching styles of his schools.

2. Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

As one of the most inspirational figures in American history, Benjamin Franklin only went to school for two years. After dropping out from the Boston Latin School, Franklin educated himself by reading. His work include; a political career and theory, writing international relations, city development, social justice and more.

3. Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite

Known as “the most trusted man in America” and one of the most influential journalists in the United States. Cronkite attended junior high and high school and attended the University of Texas for two years before dropping out. He was a self-taught journalist, who worked as a newspaperman where he did interviews for stories. He later worked at a radio station and then joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

4. George Washington

George Washington

Born in 1732, George Washington was the first President of the United States. George Washington never received a formal education but was taught at home by his brother and father.

5. George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw is credited for writing many important plays, novels and short stories that influenced society and the literary community. He later won a Noble Prize and Oscar for his novel Pygmalion. He went to a few different grammar and day schools and rejected the operations and style of formal education.

6. Walter Pitts

Walter Pitts

Walter Pitts was a logician and mathematician who made significant contributions to the cognitive sciences, psychology, artificial intelligence, and the generative sciences. Pitts taught himself Greek and Latin at 10 years old and at 15 years old; he would sit in on classes at the University of Chicago to listen to lectures but never enrolled as a student.

7. Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens spent much of his childhood either outdoors or reading. He attended school as a young boy but at the age of 12 he stopped after his father was sent to debtor’s prison. He is considered as one of the greatest and most popular authors in literary history today.

8. Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings, never liked school, but worked his way up to becoming a popular journalist and ABC World News Tonight anchorman despite his lack of formal education. He also worked as a field reporter in the Middle East as well as Europe. During his field reporting days, he considered that to be his formal education.

9. Jon Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier was born in Massachusetts. He worked in-order to put himself through school and was a high school graduate but never pursue higher education. He began his career working as an editor. He also worked as a teacher and shoemaker and took up poetry. He was also a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society.

10. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Was the 16th President of the United States who is recognized as one of the greatest leaders in American history today. Lincoln upbringing was very humble, and with only a few months of formal education he read lots of books which helped him in his personal and professional development.

Do you know of other such self taught scholars who made it BIG on their own?

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