When we talk of famous people with quadriplegia, the internationally renowned theoretical physicist, and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking is undoubtedly one of the first names that come to our minds. Quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. Hawking fell victim to this condition due to being afflicted with a slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that has gradually paralyzed him over the decades. Actor Christopher Reeves, on the other hand was a healthy man who became quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition. Despite the drastic physical limitations faced by people confined by quadriplegia, a few like Hawking and Reeves have surmounted massive challenges to lead highly inspiring lives. Edward Verne Roberts was another such inspiring person who became quadriplegic at a young age due to illness. Facing his life with tremendous courage, he went on to become a prominent disability rights activist. Similarly motivating is the story of soul singer Curtis Mayfield who continued giving performances even after being rendered quadriplegic after an on-stage accident. Read on for more information about famous people with quadriplegia.
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking
08 January 1942, British
Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812, British
Writer

Larry FlyntLarry Flynt
01 November 1942, American
 

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle
25 January 1627, Irish, British
Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law

Luther MartinLuther Martin
20 February 1748, American
Politician

John EllaJohn Ella
19 December 1802, British
Violinist