Below is a short list of notable autodidacts.
Ray Bradbury is the author of numerous science fiction, horror and mystery novels including the bestselling novel Fahrenheit 451. He was never able to attend college due to financial reasons and instead went to his local library to learn.
“Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years”
Brie Larson is an American actress best known for her acclaimed role in the indie drama Short Term 12 (2013). She graduated from high school through homeschooling at age 15 and began taking online courses through iTunes U and Coursera.
Leonardo Da Vinci, best known for his paintings Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, was an artist during the Italian Renaissance. He is one of history’s best known autodidacts. He learned about many artistic techniques though self-teaching.