Einstein and Edison were without a doubt extremely intelligent, but today we’ve discovered a new category of “smart.” Since IQ levels are genuinely rising, and invention and creativity are obviously becoming better every day. Given this, wouldn’t it be dreadful to lose out on these geniuses who are now the town’s brightest minds? If you don’t already know about any of them, you absolutely must!
Stephen Hawking (IQ: 160-170)
This scientist is a genius! Despite suffering from depression and motor neuron disease, he was able to reinvent his academic career. He is now known for his 1988 book A Brief History of Time, several black hole theories he developed, and numerous guest appearances on TV shows like The Simpsons, Futurama, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Judit Polgár (IQ: 170)
See the greatest female chess prayer ever! Being a grandmaster at the age of 11, Polgar was a child prodigy and is now the only chess player on the World Chess Federation’s Top 100 Players list. An interesting fact: Polgar was reportedly brought up by her father as an experiment to demonstrate that “geniuses are manufactured, not born.” We get your perspective, sir.
Andrew Wiles (IQ: 170)
This individual is a distinguished English mathematician who achieved his greatest fame in 1995 by proving Fermat’s Last Theorem, which The Guinness Book of World Records calls one of the “most difficult mathematical problems” ever. Whoa, a 358-year-old theorem has been proved! Brilliant!
John Sununu (IQ: 180)
Mechanical engineer Sununu, a member of the Mega Society, a group of very intelligent people, first served as Tufts University’s dean of engineering for several years before being elected governor of New Hampshire and later serving as the White House’s chief of staff. A long path, but he was forced to resign due to suspected misuse of authority!
Magnus Carlsen (IQ: 190)
Meet Magnus Carlsen, the current world chess champion and youngest person ever to hold the top spot. Up until 2010, legendary chess player Garry Kasparov directly instructed him. He has received seven chess Oscars to date and is known as “the genius who’ll only get He has received seven chess Oscars to date and is known as “the genius who’ll only get better.”
Benjamin Netanyahu (IQ: 180)
This person is obviously brilliant with an IQ that high because he was the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel following the creation of the state! In The World’s 50 Most Important Figures 2010, he was ranked number 11.
Evangelos Katsioulis (IQ: 198)
Does he not resemble Sheldon Cooper with a bald head? However clever he may be, just 1 in 30 million individuals have his level of intelligence. He founded the International Intelligence Network IQ society and is presently a member of 28 IQ groups!
James Woods (IQ: 180)
You’ve probably seen this man in a number of Hollywood films, including White House Down and The Virgin Suicides. But did you know that he has a political science degree from MIT? He received a scholarship after achieving flawless scores on the pre-SATs in the verbal and math sections of 800 and 799, respectively. How stylish is this guy?
Marilyn Vos Savant (IQ: 186)
In addition to being included in The Guinness Book of World Records as having the highest IQ in 1986, this amazing woman also has a section in Parade Magazine titled “Ask Marilyn” named after her. The New York magazine named her and her husband Robert Jarvik, who created the first successful artificial heart, as “the smartest couple in New York” in 1989 despite her questionable IQ claim that she had previously scored a stunning 228 but subsequently took the Mega Test and got 186.
Paul Allen (IQ: 160-170)
This Microsoft co-founder, who had to leave his position in 2000 due to Hodgkin’s disease, must be a genius to have come up with such a brilliant idea! In addition, he created the Stratolaunch Systems space transportation firm in 2011 and the Allen Center for Brain Research in 2003.
He is also a well-known philanthropist who has donated more than $1.5 billion!