Intelligence is tricky and interesting to possess, as it can be both, a blessing or a curse, because as as they say, that half knowledge is dangerous and ignorance is bliss. Most of the times, the smartest people around us have the most difficult times in their life while sometimes, they also have awesome lives that can make the other’s lives look lame. But, there are different ways to measure intelligence, one of which is IQ score. The list below consists of 25 people with highest IQ in history.
1 – Albert Einstein
No one is ignorant of this Germany born man, who wrote over 300 scientific papers, in addition to writing to President Roosevelt to warn him about the dangers of nuclear weaponry. His IQ was reportedly between 160 and 190.
2 – Nathan Leopold
A murderer obsessed with committing the ‘perfect crime’ and a victim of child abuse, Nathan Leopold was a child prodigy with an IQ of 210.
3 – Nadia Camukova
Currently a professor in Turkey, Moscow born Nadia Camukova has an IQ of 200 can speak seven languages, and eight Turkish dialects.
4 – Jacob Barnett
The 18 year old, severely autistic in his childhood, has an IQ of 170. His parents were told when he was small that he won’t even be able to tie his shoe lace but currently he is a doctorate student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
5 – Richard Rosner
He has worked as a writer, a bouncer, a nude model, and once appeared in a Domino’s ad, takes over 30 pills and supplements a day and works out for at least two and half hours as a part of his obsessive personality, and has an IQ of 192.
6 – Nikola Poljak
A Croatian researcher and physicist with an IQ of 182, according to the World Genius Directory.
7 – William J. Sidis
Boris and Sarah starting grooming their child, William, to be a prodigy and by age 7, he spoke seven different languages, was accepted by Harvard at 9, however, they did not allow him to attend until 12 years old due to emotional immaturity. In his adulthood, he travelled places and wrote many books, and was said to be very child like and unhappy and died of a stroke at just 46 years old. His IQ was over 250.
8 – Paul Allen
A long time friend of Bill Gates, Allen worked at Microsoft before retiring in 2000, with an IQ between 160 and 170.
9 – Judit Polgár
Ranked as a Chess Grand master at just 15 years old, the Hungarian Chess champion Judit Polgár, has an IQ of 170.
10 – Philip Emeagwali
The Bill Gates of Africa, Dr. Emeagwali with an IQ 190, a Nigerian born computer scientist worked hard and earned a scholarship to Oregon State University at the age of 17, and constructed a the world’s fastest computer.
11 – Terence Tao
A Ph.D from Princeton University when he was just 21 years old, he published his first research paper at 15, and at 24, he became a professor at UCLA, being the youngest ever to do so, with an IQ of 225.
12 – Christopher Langan
He left college because he felt that his professors could teach him little. Best known for “Cognitive – Theoretic Model of the Universe”, his IQ is 195.
13 – Mislav Predavec
A Croatian math professor who has an IQ of 192.
14 – Ivan Ivec
An IQ test specialist who believes that some intelligent people take time to solve puzzles, has his own website for testing IQ and his score is 174.
15 – Kim Ung-Young
Kim Ung-Young was fluent in four different languages by age 3, and he has also worked for NASA. His IQ is 210.
16 – Chris Hirata
The youngest U.S. recipient of the International Physics Olympiad gold medal, with an IQ 225, at age 16 he started working for NASA.
17 – Garry Kasparov
The greatest chess player of all time, he played a chess match against IBM’s supercomputer, “Deep Blue” and won the first match. His intelligence score is 194.
18 – Stephen Hawking
One of the most well know theoretical physicists, and author of “A Brief History of Time”, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 12, a disease which most people die of within 5 years but, currently he is in his 70’s with an IQ of 160.
19 – Walter O’Brien
At age 13, he hacked into NASA’s top security servers and stole plans for the Space Shuttle, bored at school as a child, he was simply too smart for school. He is an Irish businessman and tech mogul with an IQ over 190.
20 – Marilyn vos Savant
The person with the highest IQ in the world, 228, placed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1986.
21 – Leonardo Da Vinici
Leonardo da Vinci’s IQ was estimated between 180 and 190, and apart from his paintings, he was an expert in many fields, including mathematics, geology, cartography, and engineering.
22 -Nikola Tesla
Like da Vinci, there was no test to measure IQ when Nikola Tesla was alive, but his speculated score was around 200. He was the man invented a lot of things like remotes, which we use daily and he predicted cell phones in 1926.
23 – Sir Andrew Wiles
A mathematician at the University of Oxford, with his IQ score of 170, was able to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem, something others had failed to do for over 350 years.
24 – Geena Davis
Geena Davis, an Academy Award Winning Actress has an IQ of 140.
25 – Ainan Cawley
Born in 1999, at age 7 he became the youngest person in the world to pass Chemistry – O level having an IQ over 250.