Top 23 Smartest People in the World
Have you ever come across anyone who knows almost everything in his or her field of expertise? They have an intelligent answer to anything you ask them. These are the people who formulate theories, formulas and principles. Additionally, there is something special in them. But the truth is, knowing how to measure someone’s IQ can be difficult. It is almost a fact that a man’s brain is a mysterious organ, which also have numerous roles.
Mostly the IQ is the denominator when ranking geniuses. The mostly used tests include, science questions, arithmetic’s, and other complex issues. But at times the results can be inaccurate. Luckily, a significant number of people have been identified for their intelligence and smartness. Mostly, the smart people are known for their expertise and inventions. This is specifically, in science, chess expertise, mathematics and technology prowess. Additionally, they have excellent academic abilities. In fact, some of them went through the academic process easily. Additionally, these people have the highest accolades in the academic arena. In addition to excellent academic qualifications, these people have special talents. In this post, we highlight the smartest people in the world and what their well-known talents are.
1. Saul Kripke
Saul Kripke was born in the year 1940, long Island, New York. He is a philosopher credited with the mutual developing of Kripke-Platek set theory. Additionally, he is also a valued academician. when 6, Kripke taught himself Ancient Hebrew and understood diverse issues and complex calculation. He also had a major role in the philosophy of epistemology, mathematics and metaphysics. Saul wrote Naming and Necessity and in 2001 and was awarded the respected Rolf schlock prize. Saul has taught at as a lecturer in philosophy at Princeton. Other include, Harvard, City University of New York and New Yorks Rockefeller University.
2. Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking was born in 1942. A the age of 17, he won a scholarship to pursue chemistry and physics at Oxford University. He earned a bachelor’s degree and went to Cambridge to study cosmology. Unfortunately, at the age of 21, he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease. He led to depression. Then, Jane Wilde, his then fiancé inspired and encouraged him to finish his studies. He later went ahead to earn his PhD. Stephen wrote a popular book A Brief History of Time and had been making appearances on main TV shows. These shows include, Star Trek and the Simpson.
3. Philip Emeagwali
Philip Emeagwali comes from Nigeria. He is a geologist, computer scientist, engineer and a mathematician. Philip is the recipient of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize. This is a recognition of his assistance in petroleum fields. This is because he played a major role in connecting supercomputers in the industry.
4. Marilyn vos Savant
Marilyn vos Savant was born in the year 1946, in Missouri. She is an author and columnist in her magazine Ask Marilyn, where you get to ask her any question. In 1886, she made history when she was named as the person with the highest IQ I the Guinness of World Records.
5. Richard Rosner
Richard Rosner was born in 1960. He worked as a bouncer and a waiter before he appeared on the show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. In 2013, he was listed in World Genius Book of Records as having an IQ of 192.
6. Garry Kasparov
Garry was born in Azerbaijan in 1973. He is the most famous chess champion in history. Garry amazed the world when he became the youngest acknowledged chess player. Garry who has an IQ of 190, left chess in 2005, to concentrate in politics.
7. Terence Tao
Terence Tao was born in in 1975 in Adelaide. He is a mathematician with Chinese, Australian and American roots. At the tender age of two, Terrence could perform simple arithmetic with ease. At 9, Terence was reading college math courses. When 13, Terrence was the newest gold medal beneficiary in International Math Olympiad. This is a high record that is yet broken. Terence finalized his master’s degree in math from Flinders University in Adelaide. It is at the same school where he was awarded with his B.Sc., an year earlier. When he was 20, he was awarded with a Ph.D. degree from Princeton.
8. Paul Allen
Allen is a well-known humanitarian. His donations to technology, education, arts and conservation are estimated to be in billions of dollars. Allen was born in 1953 in Seattle. He joined Washington State University but abandoned his studies in 1974. He was then friends with Bill Gates and together, they founded the Microsoft in New Mexico. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982. Leading to his resignation from Microsoft. Although, he stayed in a consultant. He started Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003. Additionally, he launched space Transport Company to launch Systems in 2011.
9. Kim Ung-Yong
Attained a certified IQ of 210, although it was withdrawn from Guinness book world of records. Kim Ung-Yong was born in Seoul in 1963. By the time he was six months, he could talk and understand Korean and other languages. At the age of 3 years, he could read and difference some languages. This includes English, Japanese, German and Korean. In addition, he could solve complex math problems.
10. Ivan Ivec
Ivan Ivec was born in 1976; he has a Ph.D. in math and runs his website dedicated to IQ testing. Ivan works at Gimnazija A.G.Matoša High School in Samobor, Zagreb. He has also collaborated with fellow Croatian mathematician Mislav Predavec to design such tests.
11. Christopher Hirata
Christopher Hirata was a genius from his childhood. At the age of 13, he won a gold medal at the international physics Olympiacs. By the time he was reaching the age of 16, he was working with NASA in its mission of conquering Mars. By 22, he obtained his Ph.D. at the Princeton University. Hirata is currently teaching astrophysics in the CIT California Institute of Technology.
12. Christopher Langan
Christopher Langan was born in San Francisco in 1952. He educated himself and by the time he turned four, he already knew how to read. Langan tutored himself in Latin and Greek, physics, advanced mathematics and philosophy. Langan dropped out Montana State University. Later he worked as a doorman. Also he established his Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe during his free time. Langan is one of “the most intelligent man in America.”
13. Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis
Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis was born in Greece. He works as a medical doctor and psychiatrist. He is known for his high intelligence test numbers. Additionally, he has degrees in psychopharmacology medical research technology and philosophy. He launched the World Intelligence Network (WIN). This is an international organization of high IQ societies and the organization AAAA.GR.
14. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil was born in New York in 1958. At a young age, he was fascinated by astronomy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physic from Harvard University. He later earned his master’s in astronomy from the University of Texas in 1983. Neil has received awards from NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. In 2001 Asteroid 1994KA has re-branded into 13123 Tyson in his honor. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a famous U.S astrophysicist.
15. Alan Guth
Alan was born in New Brunswick, in 1947. He is an American cosmologist and physicist. Alan left school and went straight to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Allan attained a physics doctorate degrees, masters and bachelors degree. He started developing his cosmic inflation notion in 1979. This was when he was working as a scientist at Cornell. In 1981, Allan announced his theory, Big Bang. This model explains precisely the reasons behind the universe’s rapid development. He has worked in different positions at, Columbia, Stanford-Cornell and, Princeton.
16. Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker is a Canadian born in Montreal in 1954. He is a visual cognition and psycholinguistics expert. His work covers cognitive science, popular science, linguistics and, experimental psychology. He is presently a professor of psychology at Harvard. In 2004 he was featured in the TIME magazine list of the 100 most influential thinkers and scientists. He has received awards from Royal Institution Henry Dale Prize Troland. He is also a recipient of the Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. Pinker’s best-selling book is The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.
17. Mislav Predavec
Mislav Predavec was born in Zagreb in 1967. His achievements include, running a trading company Preminis, teaching at Zagreb’s Schola Medica Zagrabiensis. In addition to this, Predavec founded private IQ society GenerIQ in 2000. This was a part of his wider IQ society network.
18. Judit Polgár
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1976. Judit Polgár is recognized as the best female chess player in history. She is the first woman in the World Chess Federation’s Top 100 Players. She has also defeated nine world champions, including Anatoly Karpov Garry Kasparov. In 1991, Polgár won the Hungarian National Championship. When winning this championships she was 5, becoming the youngest grand master. Her father, Polgár, brought her and her sisters up as an experiment to prove that “geniuses are made, not born.”
19. John H. Sununu
John H. Sununu is also part the Mega Society high IQ club. He was born in 1939 in Havana, Cuba. Sununu successfully applied for mechanical engineering course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1961, masters in 1963 and his Ph.D in 1966. Sununu then worked as a professor at Massachusetts-based Tufts University until 1968. He later received his promotion as school’s associate dean of engineering.
20. Manahel Thabet
At a young age of 25, Thabet a scientist and economist, she received a Ph.D. in financial engineering. This made her the first woman to receive the award. Thabet received her degree at the University of Illinois and a second Ph.D. in quantum mathematic. In 2008, Thabet launched the company Smart Tips Consultants. She is a recipient of different awards. These awards include a humanitarian prize of Woman of the Year Award from the Women’s Federation for World Peace.
21. Donald Knuth
Donald Knuth was born in Milwaukee in 1938. He is well-known for his multi-volume tome The Art of Computer Programming. He attained his Ph.D. in math from CalTech in 1963. Donald is referred as the “father” of algorithmic analysis. This as an acknowledgment for his efforts in that field. In 1978, Knuth opened one of the world’s most sophisticated typesetting software system (TeX) in 1971. Knuth won the first Grace Murray Hopper Award. His other credits include the National Medal of Science and A.M. Turing Award. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1963 from CalTech and he is currently a professor.
22. Shahriar Afshar
Shahriar Afshar is an Iranian-American businessperson and physicist. He was born in 1971 and is another smart person. Shahriar has received many awards for his innovative inventions. He is the president, CEO, and CTP of consumer electronics startup Immerz. Between the year, 2003 and 2004, Afshar was an associate at the Harvard. In 1989 Afshar won an important Iranian Khwarizmi International Award. One of his remarkable inventions is currently the award winning “4D” Soundkix, mini speaker.
23. Ruth Lawrence
Ruth Lawrence was born in 1971. She is British mathematician, who has hit the deadline, the first time being when she was 13 years old. She holds a mathematics bachelor’s degree from Oxford University. Additionally, she is also a recipient of a D.Phil from Oxford University. After serving in the University of Michigan, she became an associate professor role in 1997. Today, Ruth is an associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Einstein Institute of Mathematics.
Mostly, people assume that the person with the highest IQ will be the wealthiest. However, this is not the case as proved by people who had the lowest job positions then came out as the smartest. Of course, we have some billionaire people who are smart like Bill Gates. Who has tremendous influence with his company, Microsoft. But, the IQ score is not the measure of intelligence. Thus, if your IQ score is lower, that does not mean that you can’t make it in life. Work on your skills, built on whatever you can learn, masters it and you will also excel. You might excel even more than the smart people.