In Good Company: Famous People Born Prematurely


When your child is born premature, it’s normal to feel isolated – like you’re the only one going through the emotional rollercoaster of the NICU.

But you are not alone, and neither is your little one. Every year, about 1 in 10 babies born in the United States is born prematurely. And while any baby born prematurely is more at risk than their full-term counterparts for illnesses and complications, many preemies go on to live healthy, long, and successful lives.

Don’t believe us? Check out this list of famous preemies and you’ll find that your little one is in pretty good company!

964784-albert-einsteinAlbert Einstein

Born prematurely in 1879 when neonatology was basically nonexistent, Albert Einstein went on to become one of the most influential scientists and mathematicians of the 20th Century.

charles_darwin_by_julia_margaret_cameron_2Charles Darwin

The naturalist and geologist credited with developing the theory of evolution was born prematurely in 1809.

twain1909Mark Twain

Born 2 months early in 1835, American novelist Samuel Clemens – better known as Mark Twain – went on to publish what is now referred to as the great American novel: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


godfreykneller-isaacnewton-1689Sir Isaac Newton

Born weighing just 3 pounds in 1642, Isaac Newton not only outlived expectation – he went on to become one of the most influential scientists of all time for discovering gravity and the laws of motion.

anna_pavlova_as_the_dying_swanAnna Pavlova

This world-famous ballerina was born prematurely in 1885. It’s theorized that her small size, likely a result of her premature birth, set her apart from other ballerinas of her time.

522px-stevie_wonder_1973Stevie Wonder

The child prodigy and iconic artist was born six weeks premature in 1950. Stevie Wonder is blind due to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a complication caused by underdeveloped vessels on a premature baby’s retinas. However, being blind hasn’t held him back; Stevie Wonder has more than 30 top 10 hits and 22 Grammy awards.

The list goes on, and includes British and world leader Sir Winston Churchill, poet John Keats, painter Pablo Picasso, astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, Academy Award Winner Sir Sidney Poitier, and so many more.