Home Educated Students Who Turned Out Just Fine

What big names in history picked up knowledge outside the schoolhouse?

These are just a few of the many, many successful people who were wholly or partly educated at home. Keep this list on hand for when your parents or in-laws wonder out loud if home educating your children is a dead end.

Thomas Edison–invented the light bulb

Lewis Carroll–author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and professor of mathematics at Oxford

Francis Collins–leader of the Human Genome Project, director of the National Institutes of Health, helped discover the genes for cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease

Andrew Wyeth–painter, winner of the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Michelle Kwan–figure skater, Olympic medalist, five-time world champion, nine-time U.S. champion, TV sports commentator

Abigail Adams–gave John Adams some of his best ideas

Alexander Hamilton–created the American financial system, helped win the American Revolution, was the first Secretary of the Treasury, founded the Coast Guard, is on the 10-dollar bill, and is the subject of a Tony-winning musical

J.R.R. Tolkien–wrote some books you may have heard of, about a very popular piece of jewelry

Erik Demaine–youngest professor in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Felicia Day–actress (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) and web-series writer (The Guild)

Agatha Christie–the world’s best-selling novelist

Ryan Gosling–actor (The Notebook, La La Land, The Big Short, First Man)

Erwin Schrodinger–won the Nobel Prize in Physics, helped develop the field of quantum mechanics

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