Lewis Carroll

The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was a brilliant mathematician and a left-hander in a right-handed world. Born during the Victorian era, Carroll endured many efforts to try to "correct" his left-handedness, but they had a detrimental effect on the shy child and led him to stammer. It's believed that his resounding literary success was in part due to the comfort he took from being in his imaginary world.

Joan of Arc

The young French Maid of Orléans led her country to victory against the English. Hand-writing experts believe, from analyzing samples of her writing, that she was left-handed, and many images depict her carrying her sword in her left hand. Some historians, however, believe that these depictions were meant to demean Joan, because it was considered a curse to be left-handed at the time.

Helen Keller

Although this courageous and inspirational left-hander had to contend with being blind and deaf, it didn't stop her from achieving more than most could in a lifetime. From being the first deaf and blind person to gain a bachelor's degree to publishing 14 books, Keller exhibited faith and strength that were key to her success and still have consequences today for those with special needs.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

The first two astronauts to land on the moon were both left-handed. While NASA hasn't revealed if left-handers make for perfect space explorers, one thing is sure -- the two left-handers had perfect coordination to achieve the moon landing.


The child prodigy, who composed over 600 works that included many religious pieces, was left-handed. While at the time children were often forced to use their right hands, this left Mozart with the gift of being ambidextrous. While he painted with his right hand he opted primarily for the left when it came to writing music.


As if the Renaissance artist weren't talented enough, the natural left-hander also taught himself to paint with the right. It is believed he favored using his left hand when any strength was required, such as for his sculpting.

Leonardo da Vinci

Like Michelangelo, Leonardo was a well-known leftie. While he used his left-hand predominantly, experts believe he sometimes used his right hand, specifically in a drawing he did in 1473 titled Landscape 8P. Looking at the detail, it's obvious that Leonardo was a genius no matter which hand he used.