Intelligence is thought to be a divine gift, not a learned skill by most. We have seen many influential geniuses who have helped to change the world for better with their skills and groundbreaking discoveries. Down below we are listing ten of the smartest people in the world.
10. Akshay Venkatesh:
Born on 21 November 1981 in Australia, Akshay Venkatesh is an Indian- Australian mathematician. The only Australian to win medals at both the International Physics Olympiad and International Mathematical Olympiad, which he did at the age of 12. He currently is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and his researches includes representation theory, locally symmetric spaces, ergodic theory.
9. Ruth Lawrence:
A former child prodigy in mathematics, Ruth Elke Lawrence-Neimark is a British–Israeli mathematician and currently an associate professor of mathematics at the Einstein Institute of Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She came in focus after obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University at 13 years of age in 1985. Presently she is researching on knot theory and algebraic topology.
8. Edward Witten:
Edward Witten is well-known for his contributions in String theory, M-theory, quantum gravity and super-symmetry. He is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and was born in 1951. In 1990, he was awarded a Fields Medal by the International Mathematical Union and became the first physicist to receive this honor.
7. Andrew Wiles:
English mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, Andrew Wiles is considered as one of the smartest people on earth with an IQ of 170 points. Born in 1953, Wiles is famously known for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem.
6. Stephen Hawking:
Stephen Hawking is one of the most well-known and smartest people in the world with an IQ of 160 points. His contributions to science and cosmology have shown science a new direction and changed our thoughts from many aspects. Even after being paralyzed because of the motor neuron disease, he never stopped his research. He passed away on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76 but he will surely be forever remembered.
5. Kim Ung-Yong:
South Korean professor and former child prodigy, Kim Ung-Yong was born in 1962. He has an incredible IQ of 210 points and he was able to solve calculus problems at the age of three and also audited a physics class at Hanyang University. He studied nuclear physics at the University of Colorado at the age of eight. He worked for NASA for 10 years after graduating with a master’s degree.
4. Garry Kasparov:
Russian born Garry Kimovich Kasparov is considered to be one of the greatest chess players ever. The Russian-Croatian Grandmaster chess former World Chess Champion, Kasparov has made many records across his career. He has an IQ of 190 points and is also a writer and political activist. He was able to defeat a machine that could calculate three million moves per second in 2003.
3. Terence Tao:
Australian-American mathematician, Terence Chi-Shen Tao was born in
Australia in 1975. One of the smartest people, Tao holds an IQ score of 230 points. He received the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in 2014. He got his PhD at Princeton University at the age of 20. He became the youngest professor ever at UCLA at the age of 24. Currently, he is focusing on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, additive combinatory, random matrix theory, and analytic number theory
2. Christopher Hirata:
Christopher Michael Hirata was born in America on November 30, 1982. Considered as a child prodigy, the cosmologist and astrophysicist started to work at the age of 16 at NASA in its mission of conquering Mars. He studied physics at Caltech and got his PhD at Princeton University at the age of 22. His IQ is 225 points and he is currently a professor at OSU’s Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics.
1. Grigori Perelman:
Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman is a Russian born mathematician. He has made major contributions to Riemannian geometry and geometric topology. Over the years he has rejected many awards and honors including a prize from the European Mathematical Society. Perelman’s proof of the Poincaré conjecture was recognized as the scientific “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2006. He has an amazingly high IQ of 238 points.