When we think about the world’s smartest people, we frequently think of famous scientists or literary giants who have made significant contributions to our world. Many others, on the other hand, have extremely high IQs and are pursuing careers in their chosen disciplines.

Well, what is this fuss about IQ and people having higher IQ?

The intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a measurement of a person’s capacity to think. In a nutshell, it’s designed to see how effectively someone can utilize reasoning and knowledge to answer questions and make predictions. Short- and long-term memory is measured in IQ tests to begin assessing this.

There are several of the world’s smartest people who, regardless of their contributions to the world, have the highest IQ. To name a few: –

 

Smartest People In The World

1. Albert Einstein 

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – German

Born – 14 March 1879

IQ – 160-180

Accomplishment – Devising the theory of Relativity and contributions in Quantum Mechanics.

2. Stephen Hawking

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – British

Born – 8 January 1942

IQ – 160-170

Accomplishment – Work on the origins and structure of the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes.

3. Manahel Thabet 

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – Yemeni

Born – 14 October 1981

IQ – 168

Accomplishment – Recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, which include Brain of the Year Award, Guinness World Record, Middle East Achievement Awards in Science, World Peace, and Prosperity Foundation Awards, and Genius of the Year.

4. Leonardo Da Vinci

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – Italian

Born – 15 April 1452

IQ – 180-220

Accomplishment – His designs, art, cartography, geology, and studies.

5. Rudolf Clausius

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – German

Born – 2 January 1822

IQ – 190-205

Accomplishment – Formulated the second law of thermodynamics and is credited with making thermodynamics a science.

6. William Shakespeare

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – British

Born – 26 April 1564

IQ – 210

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Accomplishment – Best British writer with works like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth & Hamlet.

7. Christopher Langan

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – American

Born – 25 March 1952

IQ – 174-210

Accomplishment – Horse rancher and autodidact.

8. Marie Curie

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – Polish

Born – 7 November 1867

IQ – 180-200

Accomplishment – Discovery of radium and polonium, and her huge contribution to finding treatments for cancer.

9. Nikola Tesla

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – Serbian American

Born – 10 July 1856

IQ – 160-310

Accomplishment – Discovered and patented the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating-current machinery.

10. James Maxwell

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – Scottish

Born – 13 June 1831

IQ – 190-205

Accomplishment – Theory of electromagnetism, which showed that light was electromagnetic radiation.

11. Johann Goethe

 

 

Nationality – German

Born – 28 August 1749

IQ – 210-225

Accomplishment – The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), the first novel of the Sturm und Drang movement, and for Faust (Part I, 1808; Part II, 1832), a play about a man who sells his soul to the Devil that is sometimes considered Germany’s greatest contribution to world literature.

12. Judit Polgár

 

 

Nationality – Hungarian

Born – 23 July 1976

IQ – 170

Accomplishment – Chess grandmaster, generally considered the strongest female chess player of all time.

13. Benjamin Netanyahu

 

 

Nationality – Israelis

Born – 21 October 1949

IQ – 180

Accomplishment – Served in office for a total of 15 years, making him the longest-serving Israeli prime minister in history.

14. Evangelos Katsioulis

 

 

Nationality – Greek

Born – 19 January 1976

IQ – 205

Accomplishment – Achieved the highest ever recorded scores on IQ tests designed to measure exceptional intelligence.

15. Marilyn Vos Savant

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – American

Born – 11 August 1946

IQ – 228

Accomplishment – Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Highest IQ” from 1985 to 1989 and entered the Guinness Book of World Records Hall of Fame in 1988.

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16. Andrew Wiles

 

 

Nationality – British

Born – 11 April 1953

IQ – 170

Accomplishment – Proved Fermat’s Last Theorem, for which he was awarded the 2016 Abel Prize and the 2017 Copley Medal by the Royal Society.

17. William Sidis

 

 

Nationality – American

Born – 1 April 1898

IQ – 200-300

Accomplishment – Famous for his precocity.

18. Carl Gauss

 

 

Nationality – German

Born – 30 April 1777

IQ – 250-300

Accomplishment – Contributions to number theory, geometry, probability theory, geodesy, planetary astronomy, the theory of functions, and potential theory (including electromagnetism).

19. Kim Ung-Yong

 

 

Nationality – Korean

Born – 8 March 1962

IQ – 210

Accomplishment – Professor and former child prodigy, who held the world record Guinness World Records for the highest IQ, at 210.

20. Edith Stern

 

 

Nationality – American

Born – 1952

IQ – 203

Accomplishment – First woman to be made a full member of the American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In 1998 Stern was named an IBM master inventor, and was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1999. In 2012 Stern was awarded the AMSE Kate Gleason Award for her lifetime of developing new technologies.

21. Galileo Galilei

 

smartest people in the world

 

Nationality – Italian

Born – 15 February 1564

IQ – 180-200

Accomplishment – Galilean telescope, hydrostatic balance, thermometer, compass.

22. Voltaire

 

 

Nationality – French

Born – 21 November 1694

IQ – 190-200

Accomplishment – Versatile and prolific writer. His most famous works included the fictitious Lettres philosophiques (1734) and the satirical novel Candide (1759).

23. Christopher Hirata

 

 

Nationality – American

Born – 30 November 1982

IQ – 225

Accomplishment – Awarded the 2018 New Horizons Prize in Fundamental Physics for fundamental contributions to understanding the physics of early galaxy formation and to sharpening and applying the most powerful tools of precision cosmology.

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24. Hugo Grotius

 

 

Nationality – Dutch

Born – 10 April 1583

IQ – 200

Accomplishment – jurist and scholar whose masterpiece De Jure Belli ac Pacis (1625; On the Law of War and Peace) is considered one of the greatest contributions to the development of international law. Also a statesman and diplomat, Grotius has been called the “father of international law.”

25. Ainan Cawley

 

 

Nationality – Singaporean

Born – 23 November 1999

IQ – 263-349

Accomplishment – World age record for the memorization of pi, reciting 518 digits, on camera. He was just 8 years and 9 months old.

26. Nadia Camukova

 

 

Nationality – Russian

Born – 1976

IQ – 200

Accomplishment – Can speak seven languages and 8 Turkish dialects.

27. Gottfried Leibniz

 

 

Nationality – German

Born – 1 July 1646

IQ – 182-205

Accomplishment – Noted for his independent invention of the differential and integral calculus and he remains one of the greatest and most influential metaphysicians, thinkers and logicians in history. He also invented the Leibniz wheel and suggested important theories about force, energy and time.

28. Thomas Young

 

 

Nationality – British

Born – 13 June 1773

IQ – 185-200

Accomplishment – First to describe astigmatism, established the principle of interference of light, deciphered the Rosetta Stone.

29. Michael Kearney

 

 

Nationality – American

Born – 18 January 1984

IQ – 200

Accomplishment – Received 4 bachelor’s degrees and a doctorate by the time he was 22. His first one was from the University of South Alabama when he was just 10.

30. Terence Tao 

 

 

Nationality – Australian American

Born – 17 July 1975

IQ – 211-230

Accomplishment – contributions to number theory and harmonic analysis, child math prodigy; often called “the Mozart of Math”.

 

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