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Kim Peek
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    (November 11, 1951-December 19, 2009)
    Born in Salt Lake City, Utah
    Born with agenesis of the corpus callosum, a condition in which the bundle of nerves that connect the hemispheres of the brain is missing
    Suffered damage to the cerebellum, leading to impaired motor skills
    Scores well below average on general IQ tests
    Exhibits savant abilities
    Remembers approximately 98% of what he reads
    Can recall 12,000 books from memory
    Inspiration for the character Raymond Babbit in 'Rainman' (1988)
    He had a large head.
    He is often described as an autistic savant, but he was not autistic.
    His nickname was 'Kimputer.'
    Unlike many savants, he had shown increasing social skills, especially since the release of 'Rain Man.'
    He had lectured in front of 2.5 million people as an emissary for people with disabilities.
    He said, 'You don't have to be handicapped to be different. Everybody is different.'
    He can read two pages simultaneously, one with each eye.
    A Scientific American article noted, 'Until we can explain his abilities, we cannot pretend to understand human cognition.'
    Dustin Hoffman told him, 'I may be the star, but you are the heavens.'
    'Rain Man' scriptwriter Barry Morrow said, 'I don't think anyone could spend five minutes with Kim and not come away with a slightly altered view of themselves, the world and our potential as human beings.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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