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The World’s Top 8 Smartest People

Qossay Takroori 2010/03/04

These smartest people were picked based on their IQ (Intelligence quotient) test. IQ, is a score derived from one of several different standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The purpose of the test is measure the mental ability and horse power of the brain for any person. I have noticed that many of these people are Chess players and champions. I don’t know if there is any link between intelligence and chess, but this is my observations. Many of my resources confirmed the name and the IQ score for each of the people on the list. There were couple of other names with high IQ score but I couldn’t really confirm that 100%. Note: All these people are still alive as of 2010. IQ scores reflect general capacity for performing intellectual tasks, such as solving verbal and mathematical problems.

The average IQ score is 100.  The standard deviation of IQ scores is 15.  So, this means:

  • 50% of people have IQ scores between 90 and 110
  • 2.5% of people are very superior in intelligence (over 130)
  • 2.5% of people are mentally deficient / impaired / retarded (under 70)
  • 0.5% of people are near genius or genius (over 140)

Genius IQ is generally considered to begin around 140 to 145, representing ~.25% of the population (1 in 400). Here’s a rough guide:

  • 115-124 – Above average (e.g., university students)
  • 125-134 – Gifted (e.g., post-graduate students)
  • 135-144 – Highly gifted (e.g., intellectuals)
  • 145-154 – Genius (e.g., professors)
  • 155-164 – Genius (e.g., Nobel Prize winners)
  • 165-179 – High genius
  • 180-200 – Highest genius
  • >200 – “Unmeasurable genius”

So, here is what I came up with. Please comment of you have any suggestions.

1. Kim Ung-Yong – IQ = 210

The Worlds Top 8 Smartest People  Yong is a Korean child prodigy.  He showed his intelligent ability since he was little. He started speaking at 6 months, he was able to read Japanese, Korean, German, English and many other language by his third birthday. At age 3, he was able to solve complicated calculus equations easily with no problems. He got his Ph.D. in physics at Colorado State University when he was 16 years old. Kim has the highest score in the planet, he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Highest IQ”; the book estimated the boy’s score at over 210.

2. Christopher Michael Langan – IQ = 195

The Worlds Top 8 Smartest People  The Smartest Man In America“, thats what the media called him when he scored 195 on the IQ test. Langan was born in San Francisco and spent most of his early life in Montana. He began talking at six months, taught himself to read before he was four, and was repeatedly skipped ahead in school. During high school he started teaching him self, advanced physics, math, philosophy, Greek and Latin. Then he went to college but dropped out because he thought he could teach the professor more than they could teach him. for over 20 years he worked several jobs, he worked as construction worker, cowboy, forest service firefighter, and farmhand. In 2004, Langan moved with his wife Gina (née LoSasso), a clinical neuropsychologist, to northern Missouri, where he owns and operates a horse ranch. On January 25, 2008, Langan was a contestant on NBC’s 1 vs. 100, where he won $250,000.

3. Philip Emeagwali – IQ = 190

The Worlds Top 8 Smartest People  Emeagwali was born in Akure, Nigeria on 23 August 1954. He dropped out of school in 1967 because of the Nigerian-Biafran war. He became an engineer and computer scientist/geologist who was one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, a prize from the IEEE, for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer to help analyze petroleum fields. in 1991, He was studying for his PhD degree, but his thesis was rejected by committee of internal and external examiners and thus he was not awarded the degree.

4. Garry Kasparov – IQ = 190

The Worlds Top 8 Smartest People  Garry Kasparov is the World Chess Champion. He was born on April 13 1963 in Russia. Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22. He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organization, the Professional Chess Association. He continued to hold the “Classical” World Chess Championship until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000. Kasparov announced on March 10, 2005, that he would retire from serious competitive chess. He cited as the reason a lack of personal goals in the chess world. Garry wasn’t only an excellent chess player, he wrote several books related to chess.

5. Marilyn Vos Savant – IQ = 186

The Worlds Top 8 Smartest People  Born in St.Louis Missouri on August 11, 1946, she is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright who rose to fame through her listing in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Highest IQ”. Since 1986 she has written Ask Marilyn, a Sunday column in Parade magazine in which she solves puzzles and answers questions from readers on a variety of subjects. Vos Savant studied philosophy at the Washington University in St. Louis despite her parents’ desire for a more useful subject. After two years, she dropped out to help with a family investment business, seeking financial freedom to pursue a career in writing. You can visit her official website here.

Also Read – The world’s Smartest Physcisits

About The Author

Hi, I am Qossay Takroori the Founder and Chief editor of Palscience. I enjoy tasting authentic foods, swimming and engaging in constructive conversations. I like meeting people from all over the world so please don't hesitate to drop me a comment or email if you want to chat.

  • Kelly

    Your description of a person with a very low IQ as "retarded" should immediately revised. If this were an article about racial identification, you would not describe the population as 30% African-American / nigger. That would be offensive.

    The word "retard" is also offensive, as is your proclamation of people with a low IQ score as "deficient." It is not a question of semantics but a question of mutual respect of all people. No one should be labeled as deficient.

    The respectful way to refer to a human being with a cognitive disability is just that: you say he or she has a cognitive disability. You do not use the word "retarded."

    I suggest that, since you only talk about people with very high IQ scores in your article, you can simply omit your reference to low scores.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    • The Dictionary

      Mental retardation (MR) is a generalized disorder, characterized by significantly impaired cognitive functioning and deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors with onset before the age of 18. It has historically been defined as an Intelligence Quotient score under 70.

    • http://jsmith@yahoo.com John Smith

      Mr. Hawking may or may not be a renowned scientist. But his belief or dis-belief with regards to God is no more than one man's opinion. I would suggest that for all this (to include the vast universe) to be just a simple accident is totally unrealistic. Mr. Hawking may be a bright person, but that does not necessarily mean he has good common sense. I for one will continue to believe that all this is an act of a Supreme Being, God, if you will.

      • douglas crumley Sr.

        I agree.

        • francis

          I agree. A normal person even with a mid level I.Q. for that matter would recognize the uncause cause.

          • Zaw

            On the contrary, common sense dictates there is no God. It's no coincidence that the top IQ on this list, William James Sidis, was an atheist. He applied his intelligence across many fields including maths, history, society and philisophy. This was one of the greatest thinkers to ever have lived but it really doesn't need that much intelligence to realise the notion of a God is ridiculous.

          • Paul

            typo, *attribute

          • Paul

            In reply to John, you say that the universe being formed by chance is unrealistic but the suggestion that it was created by a God is far less realistic. If you have an infinite amount of time, you will get something highly unlikely happening. There is no need to attritube unlikely events to a god.

          • goshawk

            For what it's worth, take a look at number one on this list of "strange things about the universe"

            http://listverse.com/2010/11/04/10-strange-things

        • Morgan

          shut up Zaw! nobody care what you think. ur i dumbest person i have ever heard of! there is a God! and when I'm in heaven and your burning in Hell, I'm gonna laugh SO hard!

      • manouch

        Greeting: I understand, & agree with your phrase, except the last sentence, which is in contradiction with the rest. I believe that we need god, and religion, but it should not be related to physics

    • Smith

      TO Kelly:

      I find Kelly's statement highly offensive and her careless use of the n-word. Since when does Black/African American fall under an ICD-9 code or a clinical diagnosis? Mental retardation is a clinical term, and is an ICD-9 code (clinical diagnosis). I disagree with classifying someone as a retard. (mentally retarded) MR is the appropriate description. Get a clue Kelly.

      • Johnny Five

        Most girls are offensive at anything in this world. Change it or leave I guess.

    • Linsay

      Why do people use derogatory terms about Negro Americans when they wish to discribe the worst names one can be called? This perpetuates the stereotype and keeps the insult alive.

      Please refrain if you are trying to be sensitive or make a point.

      Otherwise, have at it, show your lack of societal sophistication.

      • Peter

        Are black-skinned people, as a whole, less “intelligent” than those of other races? Of course this is a very touchy subject but just look around, how many dark skinned scientists and doctors do you see? Probably not very many, compared with the numbers in their population! In other fields they may be the best, however.

        • Zac

          Peter, your comment is offensive in so many ways. . . but its fine because you sound amusingly dumb implying that the colour of someones skin dtermines how intelligent they are. I doubt that simple skin pigmentation could effect the complex patterns of nuero activity in the brain. Alot of people probabbly read these things so save yourself the embaressment and take a minute to think before you comment, because you sounded like a 10 year old. Stupid Prick.

          • Jeff

            Zac, i couldn't have said it better myself. Peter's assumption of skin color determining one's intelligence just makes him sound like a closet pompous racist.

          • jamie

            Not really, Peter is right. He is saying the truth, believe or drop it. Blacks, browns, whites, or blue it does not matter what you are but what you do right? well i dont see a lot of black scholars, profs, doctors, but a lot of them are singers, and many other things i am sure.

          • Blake

            What Peter asked wasn't neccisarilly meant to offend anyone I'm sure and it is a simple question and u were very rude to react like you did now I agree that the color of someones skin would make any difference to someones intelligence but there are many racest people in that are in high places like teachers and employers who might look down on African americans and not giving them the same opportunities as white Americans so without the right opportunities they would have much difficulty becomeing a great scientist or anything else for that matter now just to point out I am extremely against racism

    • John

      retard is used in the bible meaning defect, they have a defect in their brain so they are retards

    • Derrick

      Well, Kelly, I think the fact that you used "nigger" as part of your comment should be immediately revised. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah fucking blah.

      Thank you for your consideration.

      ;)

    • Chris

      Three or four years ago the correct term was again "Retarded" or "Mental Retardation". People take more offense to "Mentally Disabled". So many health care professionals and teachers in the Midwest are again using the term "Retarded", not "Mentally Disabled","Handicapped" or "Cognitive Disability".

      Health professionals and educators have realized whatever term is applied to the mental state of a group of individuals will then become the new "retarded". It stems from the youth of said culture recognizing what the official term is and then applying that in jest to peers. In other words whatever official term that is used becomes a derogatory term once the word has gone mainstream. So the proper term that we use now is Mental Retardation".

    • Black Person

      Your reply is greatly offensive!

    • Justin

      African American is the official term for black people so why would they say nigger? just like mentally retarded is the official term for those who have some sort of learning disabilitie. Seems to me your just looking for some sort of attention and trying to force your views on others and i disagree with that i think your article should be revised immediately

    • Kevin

      Anything out of the normal is retarded that is including too high/too low of an IQ.

    • http://www.microsoft.com Tyrone John

      Very well quoted!!
      The correct word is : Cognitive disability….

    • Rolf

      dis·a·bil·i·ty
         /ˌdɪsəˈbɪlɪti/ Show Spelled[dis-uh-bil-i-tee] Show IPA
      –noun, plural -ties for 2.
      1.
      lack of adequate power, strength, or physical or mental ability; incapacity.

      FYI, that means deficient. Thought you should know that buddy, as well as the fact that retarded and retardation are technical terms that have been warped by the public (people like you don't help) into something bad. Give it another few years, and after people start using it with negative connotations (and who doesn't get pissed off at the cognitively disabled when forced to deal with them?), zealots like you will take offense even to "cognitive disability." It's a fact of life that stupid people are stupid, they will piss people off, and whatever terms you use to differentiate them from the more normal segments of society will become "offensive" to pussies all over the globe. Changing around the terminology is just a waste of time and energy. If only the cognitively disabled were intelligent enough to see it.

    • Aus138

      retarded is not offencive. you are a leftwing asswipe, and your comment should be removed

    • Aus138

      Besides, it dosent matter what you call them. they dont care

    • Kim Ung-Yong

      Retard means to slow. Retarded means something that is slow or has been slowed. A low IQ means you are slow. Retarded seems like a perfectly acceptable word to describe someone with a low IQ. There is nothing wrong with calling something what it is.

      Retard.

    • Aden Dean

      Wow, this society has become so weird… you can't use the word "gay", can't use "retarded", can't use "nigger". Like, if I were to write: "your reply to this article is soooo gay"… a gay person/advocate would come on here and take offense to it. Now, not only do gays have intercourse in the anus (which I'm very OK with if kept in the closet); they're now on a quest to convey to the world that '…yeah, this is a naturally normal biological union' — which it is clearly NOT — justified in the animal kingdom — they know better than we humans! Now, this president for whom I devoted myself 100 percent and donated to in '08 is now backing this nonsense like there is no tomorrow. This man is a hypocrite, you can't say you're Christian on one hand, and on the other claim that homosexuality and sexual lust is the way of life — while if you ever opened the Bible once you'll quickly learn that every time God destroyed the earth or a city, it was because of sexual lust and/or homosexuality. Just what is wrong with people!? For the records I don't believe in biblical faiths, including Chistianity.

      My point is we're becoming very weird. Why are people dissing on the author for making use of the term "retarded"… my goodness it's just a word! The word doesn't even truly make sense when applied to people with those conditions if you really think about. I personally think the term "handicapped" is perfect; I don't see what people find derogatory about it.
      Kelly comes on here and goes: You should use "cognitive disability" blah, blah, blah…are you serious? Show me one younger person in the real world that'll sit there and say "cognitive disability"… This term is even worse when you actually define it: you're actually saying the person "cannot recognize things", hello! Where as "handicapped" simply signifies that the person has a problem, "handicapped" is less descriptive than "cognitive disability".

      Anyway, we're becoming too weird… I think people who take offense to these words are pretty self-conscious of their conditions; one might even say ashamed. As in the case of homosexuals taking issue with being called "gay"… Just what is going on, man? Words are just words! I've actually been called nigger in diverse contexts but, simply brush it off my shoulder; because I'm not ashamed of being Black; and I'm too poised and composed to take issue with a word.

      My last point is, leave the author alone; he or she did not write the article only for people who understand the term "cognitive disability", it was a casually written article for all to understand; that's why more than one term were used separated by slashes — yes, there are people reading this text who will only get the term "retarded"!

      I didn't curse on here, so please moderator, don't discriminate on my comment.

  • ethan

    RE: to kelly.

    um, hey you need to seriously settle down. if there test score is that low then they are retarded and you dont need to baby them or anything. there retards suck it up.

    • ROTFLPOTTERKOT

      " 'there' retards suck it up"

      although i agree with ur post. i could not help but to roll on the floor laughing at the above sentence.

      • John

        i noticed it too, their is the right word

        • Roy

          no, you moron, it’s they’re. and just an fyi for all of you, retarded simply means slower. jeez. as far as skin color goes, it is a fact that blacks simply do not typically have the iq that most whites have. thats not to say they are a lesser person, just a statistical fact. i dont make the stats, i just report on them. and no, im not a racist.

          • moron

            arguing on the net is like competing on the special olympics, even if you win, you're still a retard…

          • jamie

            wow you know what he meant but still try to embarras him, just leave people alone.its the net not school.

    • Nazi

      they're

  • Dr. M. Mann

    Thank you for your response regarding the "Retard " catagory. Until your response was received there wasn't any opinion in this catagory to substanciate tangable numbers, and what kind of response one would receive from an individual that met the criteria. What a stellar example ! One other thing, predudice and racial slurs cannot be corraborated with hard numbers. As far as IQ test's, it is what it is. Thank you for reinforcing the research Mr. 70.

    • Rich

      Hilarious

    • IPWNURMOM

      Dear Dr. Mann,

      What is "substanciate"? I'm not sure I recognize the word "predudice." Can you please point it out in the Oxford English dictionary? Same with "corraborated." Also, your second sentance…I think I understand what you're attempting to say, but your syntax is, well, messed up. Add the run-on nature of sentance into the mix and it really reads a lot like incoherent babble. You fail, but thanks for playing! Now run along before you miss the Special Olympics, Dr. M.Mann.

      Best

      IPWNURMOM, Ph.D.

      • Cam

        Your the one that cant even spell sentence right lol

        • Hrm.

          That should be “You’re”.

          • KnowledgeisPower

            LOL @ these three posts from 'IPWNURMOM', 'Cam' and 'Hrm.'

            That Sh*t made me laugh.

            Back to the matter at hand. I dont believe JUST IQ tests show the distinction between intellects and RETARDS, in every format.

          • jamie

            drop your balls, and grow up. you judge intelligence based on a comment how very smart of you….

  • http://www.xcelplus.com.au Michael Czajka

    I wonder why Tesla never got a mention?

    He pioneered most of the major areas of science.

    Unless the intention was to only list living people?

    Probably the reason chess players are featured more often than anyone else is that they tend to be in the public eye. If you look through the list you'll see that many of those listed are in the public eye… suggesting that perhaps a lot of very smart people lurk in the shadows.

    :-)

    • Formal Logic

      Tesla may never have taken an IQ test. He lived in the wrong time. That many high IQ people are in the public eye does not suggest that many high IQ people do not live in the public eye, though it does leave open that possibility.

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  • Robert Paluson

    Wow… God and retardation… emotional positioning… clearly a group not in the world’s top 100,000,000 intellectuals.

    Kelly… you should read a dictionary, and John Smith, Hawking has come to his “opinion” based on years of study and understanding. Yours is based on what? Because someone told you Santa was real you have to believe that into adulthood as well? (for the record, you’re statement is an opinion) I’m guessing you fall into the 25% of Americans who believe Darwin is a crackpot? Or the 20% of Americans that believe the sun revolves around the earth?? (Just in case you’re unclear… um… it doesn’t, it's the other way silly) I’m guessing you belong to the oldest religion in the world… Christianity… oh wait… you might have to change up… because Judaism is the oldest! (Brought to you by your local atheist)

    Medical Dictionary

    re•tard•ed definition: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development: characterized by mental retardation

    Slang Dictionary (the moron’s book of words)

    retard definition: a rude nickname for a retarded person. (Derogatory and unkind.) : That retard is having a rough time.

    Just because you have assigned a personal emotional response to a given word does not mean everyone should “feel” as you do, or kowtow to your desires (until you become emperor), some of us actually read and cross reference data. You should try it sometime.

    • IPWNURMOM

      Dear RobertPaluson,

      Thank you for your reply to Kelly. She's a obviously a liberal who is offended by life, from the look of it. But whatever, I'm not the one who thrives on being miserable.

      Anyhow, my intent isn't to analyze Kelly or her life's deficiencies. Instead, I feel it necessary to tell you that once there was an invisible man who used to live in the corner of my room. He could read my thoughts; could make me do anything. Anything at all. He knew everything about me. I mentioned this to my shrink. She thought it would be best if I followed up with a psychiatrist to see if this wasn't some form of latent schitzophrenia resulting from physiologic causation. I told her that wasn't necessary. She asked why I would think that. "Well," I said, "the man's name is God." Suddenly, I was as sane as hundreds of millions of other Americans. Funny, that.

      Religion is based not on evidence, not on logic or reason. It is not based upon the scientific method, or any method for that matter. There is no theory to test, no hypothesis to falsify. Instead, religion is constructed on the thinnest of tautologic arguments – god exists because there is a book that says he exitsts that was written by him. Great, evidence please. The Bible? The Koran? Dianetics? I asked for proof, not self-serving fairytales. Oh, there is nothing else? (Best Alex Trebec impersonation) Oh, sorry, sorry. Wrong answer. Thanks for playing, though.

      It's sad, really, I once had a devout Christian explain to me just how screwed up Scientology is. I didn't disagree with him. He asked me "How crazy is it that they believe there are invisible aliens called Theatans in their heads?" "That's pretty crazy," I replied. He asked, "And like how many of these Theatans have they ever found? How can they even believe that crap?" "I dunno. How many dead people have you ever seen come back to life after three days in the grave?" I responded. Needless to say, he wan't pleased with my response. It's so very sad that Group A sees fit to belittle the beliefs of Group B when Group A has just a much evidence to support their faith (ie, NONE) as Group B does.

      Religion is fueled by emotion and the illogical – much like our friend Kelly!

      Best,

      IPWNURMOM, Ph.D.

      • BigBongTheory

        I believe that atheism is just as much of a religion as any other. As with religion, you are merely living as if you have some sort of proof that you don't. What if instead of magical is was scientific?

        Have you ever considered how complex a computer is? tiny pieces of metal being capable of holding information and through electricity and microscopic grooves in the metal it can relay and translate this information on your screen in a way that you can visibly understand.

        Now consider that mankind managed to figure out how to create, understand, and network this computer with many others. This digital network and a personal database would be the only information that this computer would be able to access, process, or comprehend. Its "universe" if you will.

        It has no knowledge or proof of its creator's existence because it lacks the sensory and the capacity to comprehend things beyond the universe in which it is conscious. You are the same as a computer in that you are able to retain information and share it within your network. But also in the fact that you are limited to the realm of your network, and incapable of comprehending anything outside of your senses(if you can't see, feel, hear, taste, or smell it, you can't understand it).

        I'm not saying that many religious practices aren't silly. Nor am I implying that people who practice religion are not subject to manipulation for their foolish, unquestioning loyalty. However, being an atheist and mocking the prospect of a supreme logical force behind the universe takes just as much faith.

        The atheist bible would probably read something like this:

        "There is no scientific mind behind it all. No logical, mathematical or calculative layout to the universe……. it just kinda happened……"

        Funny, I thought that's how magic worked.

        • Magical Thinking

          Did he say he was an atheist? I think the smart move is to believe things for which we have evidence, and admit we do not know when we do not.

  • Ed Tanjutko

    One great genius missing from the above list is Dr. Jose Rizal of the Philippines who mastered over 20 languages, excelled in medicine and science, was a superb writer of novels, poems, essays and letters, and like several of the above was outstanding in chess. He was killed by the spanish theocratic colonial regime at age 35.

    • CJones

      Thank you for actually contributing a relevant comment, and for not making a pathetic attempt to sound like you belong on the list.

      • ROTFLPOTTERKOT

        I BELONG ON THE LIST

        • ROTFLPOTTERKOT

          I BELONG ON THE LIST 1

          • ROTFLPOTTERKOT

            I BELONG ON THE LIST 2

          • http://www.gmail.com Anmol

            what's your IQ?

  • http://lovedisciplineandtheformula.faithweb.com elisheba

    There are those with high IQ's in jail or the gutter. What matters is application of whatever intellectual ability we have.

  • Fidel

    You haven't tried me ma'am. Test my IQ and the scale may drastically change.

  • Joe Alotta

    If they are so smart then why is there such a lack of results. How can you compare someone who theorizes useless things about black holes with someone like Nikola Tesla who invented 500 things we still use today?

    And regarding all the chess players, it is wonderful to devote your life to something so totally useless that a computer can now beat the best champion. Or they can become like the best chess player ever, and live in parks and flee to Iceland and die there. What a waste of life.

    The only one that I think is smart is Marilyn Vos Savant. She convinced everyone she is smart while doing nothing to prove it and made an easy, lucrative life for herself as a celebrity. Now that is smart.

    • Jai Patel

      Please I request do not talk badly about black holes I feel it is not a usless subject to study.

      I believe that that is the only force discovered by humans that can break through spacetime the invisible fabric that creates gravity I am just requesting you DO NOT TALK ABOUT STEPHEN HAWKING LIKE THAT EITHER or anything insulting about the cosmos,sorry i know its your opinion but i feel offended joe.sorry but you are true in your point of view

  • Notthatsmart

    These are not the smartest people. These are the people who were able to focus their mind on a set of theories that we created. For example, musicians could also be smart if music is included in the IQ test.

    Brain power does magic in all forms.

  • Ogoki

    I agree that use of the term retarded is behind the times. It is derogatory and hurtful, often intentionally. I would appreciate use of more accurate and respectful language.

  • Doug

    I think Stephen Hawking was was not understood in a logical context. If as an example he said god did not create your baby it was the parents, that is accurate, but doesn't mean god did not create DNA. Many things including a universe have a birth and death and there are causes. The design of how that happened and the origin of the laws and principles that allow it to happen are not something I thought Stephen has explained.

    Since science can re-create nearly any condition if someone said intelligent life started xyz way, then they could recreate it, which I don't know of happening. I thought it can only be altered? So no need to be angry with Stevie right?

    • Ironical

      It would only take maybe a billion years and a lab the size of the entire universe to oversee the experiment you describe.

  • Jai Patel

    I want to become a cosmologist when I'm older I'm just 11,ish. I really admire Albert Einstein and Stephen hawking's they are my gurus or my god I'm devoted to outer space and the cosmos I

    can kill myself for it! long live the cosmos.Watch out when VY Canis MIjorous dies it will be bigger than an Hypernova but i predict that will be in a very long time and it is really really far away from us.and could someone give me stephen hawkings email I want to become his online student I beg you whoever it is my email is jai.patel_universe@yahoo.co.uk

  • Jai Patel

    Oh my god, I took the I.Q test and my I.Q is 121!

    • http://www.gmail.com Anmol

      Richard Feynman had an IQ of 126, and his intellect is said to rival Albert Einstein. IQ

      sometimes may fail to predict your intelligence.

  • Verity

    I HAD 149!!! woooooooooooo! im well impressed!

  • The Jerk

    Intelligence is a great thing to have, but nothing beats a good, heavy dose of common sense. Interesting relation between IQ & success — at a certain degree, it becomes a negative relationship — look it up. You'd be shocked at how many Mensa members you meet waiting at bus stops. Though, you could look at it as a trade off — once you get so high above average intelligence, you almost start to sacrifice social skills & ability to convey ideas & theories to others….

  • tsolox

    this IQ concept is an American propaganda, designed to impose superiority complex. For example, IQ tests contain so much contextual aspects that is CLEARLY outside the realm of pure intelligence. Your measure of genius is pathetic and misleading. Take for example, a chess grandmaster who does nothing else all his life except focus like a laser-beam concentration to chess patterns will become one with chess and thus becomes the greatest. Or a disabled physicist who can do nothing else except imagine, will naturally obtain profound insights of course. The rulers & gauge upon which me put our measure are in the wrong places. On the other hand, I say to you, the true geniuses of this generation are the elite computer software programmers who have to dealt with moving target systems, without unity in sight, and with no comfortable sitting foundation to hope for (read Mythical Man Month). These are the true geniuses.. Bill Gates, Linus Torvalds, etc…

    • Bobby

      I agree about this list being rather silly. application of knowledge is more important than an IQ score, but in reference to Hawking… he was a physicist before he became completely disabled and was quite able to function physically during his PhD years. Also, silly list altogether as Hawking is just seen as an ambassador of physics in the community, not really a relevant figure as far as novel discoveries go. The same applies for most of this list, they may have high IQs but lets face it, they're not all doing a great deal of anything for humanity.

    • Chili Dogg

      Actually, IQ testing began in France in the early 1900's by Alfred Binet. It was through his work that "IQ" and "intelligence quotient" became common terms. You claim that IQ tests "contain so much contextual aspects that is (sic) CLEARLY outside the realm of pure intelligence", but offer no real evidence. Do you mean there is cultural bias in the tests? If so, then how come first-generation Asian-American children score higher on the SAT on average than other Americans whose families have been here for decades or centuries?

      You make it sound like the top physicists and chess players are there only because they spend so much time focused on their field. The focus and time are important, but they have to have the intelligence for it, too. Is just anybody who spends as much time and effort going to come up with the same results? Obviously not.

      • SAT=/=IQ

        The SAT is not an IQ test, and ETS admits as much. The SAT measures one's ability to take the SAT and little else. It correlates about .35 with college grades. Not exactly a profound measure when it's wrong about outcomes for the majority of people.

    • ChiliDogg

      BTW, the SAT was instituted among Ivy League schools to give more of a chance for lower- and middle-class children to enter their schools. The idea was to discount the advantages of wealth, education, and connections that some children had, but others didn't. Hence, the SAT was used to make things more fair and expand opportunity for more children despite their backgrounds.

    • 10,000 hours

      According to Malcolm Gladwell, Gates succeeded because he got his 10,000 hours programming computers in the mid-60s, before anyone else had such an opportunity, when he was a teenager, and before most others had developed that kind of mastery. He had access to that computer because his parents were wealthy. He had access to more computer time than anyone else because he and his friends hacked the system and stole computer time from the local university. I call that a lot of confluence of events that made Bill Gates successful. IQ could have been a part of it, but it wasn't necessary.

    • Theft of Genius

      And if Bill Gates is such a genius, why does windows love to crash so much? O yeah…that's right…planned obsolescence….maybe he is a genius. At ripping people off.

    • Arrar

      You know what? You can hold my dick. HOLD IT I SAY! Have your mother to gush upon my cum when I sleep with her at night, for it is her nourishment as she wakes up in the morning.

  • kevin davis

    The Benny Hill show put it best. "GOD is dead." -Fred. "FRED is dead." -God

  • robin wallace

    I clicked on this site in hopes of finding answers to questions. There are no great conversations going on here!

  • Ultramind

    Intelligence is the ability to differentiate.

    http://www.mega-genius.com

  • IuLee

    I don’ understand the american way to categorize a person based on the IQ, what is the IQ based on? A test basically found in english, with a lot of questions about the english history or literature? at leat that’s what i found, my opinion is that the things we do is what makes us different. Many people brilliant in some domains weren’t recognized by this domain. Anyway i realyy think that the US iq tests suck, as are the SAT test at which any 8-th grader in my country can easily get really high scores. sorry for my english but i’m not from a english speaking country.
    Be safe.

    • FrenchFries=American

      IQ tests can be in any language. They were originally developed by Alfred Binet, in French.

  • PAK

    Reading everyone’s commit I have to say that everyone of you are racist. All it takes is one dumb ass to mention someone’s skin color and everyone’s on the race train. Like it or not you are racist when you compare one race to another. You can’t base facts on skewed statistics. Has a scientist ever taken one infant from each race and raised them under the same environmental conditions? I don’t think so. I believe that anyone can excel given the same conditions (unless your mental retarded) , but this is real life and ones conditions are not the same. Openly stating that you are not racist means you are racist, your just in denial. Not once in this article did the author mention anyone’s skin color. People are always downing another race to make themselves feel superior.

    • Conwee

      PAK:

      Way to be "that guy". The guy who calls everyone racist. The guy who "brings to light" this social phenomenon called racism and tells us all how it is. Come up with a solution, guy. Anyone can point out problems.

      Either that or go stand on a street corner with your "The End Is Neigh" sign.

  • Conwee

    I think funny people should be placed in the top few most intelligent spots. It takes raw intelligence to come up with some of the stuff that they do, and they improve everyone’s life (albeit in small ways).

    Also, what gives with some of these “top 8 most intelligent people” hardly contributing a thing to society? I have plenty of respect for Mr. Hawking, but people like Langan, Kasparov and Savant… solve cold fusion or invent a new type of alternative energy! Parade magazine? THAT’S humanity’s pinnacle of intelligence?

  • http://Billygroup.com Billy

    You guys are all retarded…

  • NoOne Special

    Genius? thats a very broad area, the difference between IQ and Intellect is just one.

    I know creative genius, so if I solve the dependence on oil problem, would that be genius?

    I'v done that 5 times, with 5 prime movers, working on the sixth. Is genius something like solving the problem with bullent proofing internet sites, digital media, and wireless communications? Done that to. Ofcourse I dont inform others, I do it out of boredom.

    Now what I'v communicated is true, and not a hoax. If one person solves a problem or a new way of doing the same things others find hard. They are called/labeled Genius. Brillant, Smart, are other words I'v been called.

    Genius can be trained, educated, or my favorite, Gifted.

    As for retarded, they are a gift. Which is my favorite!

    NoOne Special

    • Magical Thinking

      You solved the oil dependence problem five times? You must live in a parallel universe….

  • The Kid

    This information is accurate but at the same time these are not the smartest people on Earth because these people wanted the media and public to know about them and their I.Q.

    There are many people smarter than them but just don't want the public to know about them because it would have ruined their lives. Here's an example: Dr Grigori Perelman refused to claim a 1 million dollar reward for solving the Poincare Conjecture puzzle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/… here is the website so u can see for yourself. Like i said many people have a high I.Q. its just that they don't want the public to know about it. By the way I'm 16 and I have an I.Q. of 147 but i don't want my life to be ruined by the media.

    • Ugly is as Ugly does

      If you click the link — it may be because he doesn't like to be photographed.

  • Guillaume

    Bonjour,

    I think this rating is very patriotic and subjective, only US born or US residents are in this classement.

    I think someone like french mathematicians as Blaise PASCAL or René DESCARTES or stratège like Napoléon would be far away in this classement …

    And I think American people are lower IQ since patriotism is a proof of low intelligence !

    Guillaume de Navarre.

    • IQover9000!!!

      Oh wow! You open with a greeting in a different language. French, no less!!! O M G. AND you know who Pascal AND Descartes are? No way! U so smart! Oh la la nous pouvons parler en francais. vous etes tres intellegent, oui! Biser mon tchu, Billy. SVP! You do know what SVP means, right? Ur smart, so I know u'll figure it out. But then again, I'm just one dumb, patriotic American (who's almost certainly more intelligent and better educated than you). A dieu!

    • IThinkErgoIAmALIVE

      Ummm…if you are dead, you would make the list of top IQs of living individuals. Maybe Pascal and Descartes pulled a Jesus on us. And note, there are several non-Americans on the list, which features a Korean at the top of the list, and a Nigerian and Russian all in the top 4.

  • hammerstein

    when I scrolled down to number three on the list I knew this list was junk.

    • Andrew

      I Agree, This entire list of comments seems to almost be like a war for who is the most Non-Offensive..its quite childish..and i'm a fifteen year old..I mean i do agree with some of the statements listed above, but really? do you people need to go so far as to insult eachother with such nonsense?

  • Alia

    You should all really move out of your parent's basement.

  • yanal

    completely i dont agree with the above article: 1- many people are hidden and cannot attend IQ tests.

    in my opinion many many genious guys are there , lately we heared about russian person who solved long time pending mathmatical problem, and he refused to accept the prize.

    regards to all

  • Kim

    This was a very inspiring article, actually. My IQ was tested at 151, and I always thought I was average.. I suppose because I'm a slacker. But then I realized that Hawking's is 160…. And then I realized, I'm not that far behind.

    • Use it or Lose it

      Except that Hawking was never a slacker. IF IQ has validity, it certainly can be wasted, or degraded.

  • Ernie Handspice

    Hello I'm on a mission if any of u know a website I can test my logical skills (I'm colored) so …. Send it to my email and let's take a look at the results u will laugh!

  • The Kid

    Like I said before and also in comments above there are probably thousands of people that don't want to take this I.Q. test because they don't want their lives ruined or they just can't take it because of economical reasons or the distance of them and this test.

  • Alan

    This was (svndfsivnfsvnfivnsvnvniishfiusnvisni) interesting btw retard

  • Lyd

    Why do white men get off by using tired old stereotypes, that have been proven over and over again to be wrong? Does it give them a sense of superiority? The bell curve myth was updated in the 70's, I wonder if these guys pick up books?

    • Pot/Kettle

      "Do white men get off by using tired old stereotypes…"

      Really?

      So…since some pots used to accuse kettles, we should stereotype all pots?

  • Taylor Haight

    According to your research I should be placed on your list as the seventh highest IQ. I was tested at 16 with an IQ of 172. I might not have attended Harvard at 11, nor did I start speaking at 6 months, and I certainly was not completing complex calculus problems at 3….but I do consider myself somewhat of a genius.

  • Doberman211

    I am a 17 year old here and all I can see is the comparing of IQ tests and an online invasion of religious cultists.

    I have never taken one myself, nor do I plan to, IQ tests are very inaccurate as previously said many times, and if put into context of what you are best at, we would all get 50 marks above what we actually had in any 'real' scientific test.

    I heard something about a debate over the term retard and it is a medical term and if you think it is hurtful and wrong to say then you are too sensitive and just for commenting on the validity of the term on a thread like this, you need something better to do with your time. Start a coin collection or something. It is very out of context. Besides, for anyone to be classified as a retard, if you called them a retard, they would not understand the word and probably laugh with you.

    I am not an atheist or any other religion as I am indifferent on the subject of faith, but for the sake of solving arguments everywhere, God cannot be proven or disproved the argument is and forever will be the largest paradoxical annoyance. Therefore your argument is invalid. Though I do however wish this to be abundantly clear, the parents did make the baby as well as the DNA as the child's DNA is half the fathers and half the mothers with the exceptions of a few mutations. DNA is in fact matter like anything else, known as deoxyribonucleic acid and is not something to be classified under faith, as saying God created DNA is the same argument as the former.

    The catholic God is the same one as the Jewish one, though long before that Egyptians believed in their own gods or even the Greeks in theirs. Stop being so arrogant and think from the perspective of others for once. Some people just don't believe, or just don't care that you believe in any god so stop attempting to lecture the deaf because the deaf can't hear. Quote, "I've got nothing against God. It's his fan club I can't stand."

  • Rich

    I know people who can read minds.. and the are A students .. is that freaky or what???
    I can go up to them and ask them to read minds and they will just do it like it's nothing…

  • Rich

    is it because I"m a moron??? That they can read my mind??? Or was a moron or something?? I mean maybe that's possible it's just that I don't see how that is possible.. Hey now a days I write without looking at my hand and stuff as a result of the amount of chess games I played.. I also had better memory and was able to stare at a map for a map quiz for about 1 minute and know all the answers.. Developed greater short term memory..
    Do they check IQ of pro gamers?

  • Rich

    if you tested 121 snoop Dogg is smarter than you at 147 IQ ..
    hey I have a question how much does IQ correlate with how much money you have..
    I know my IQ is low because too many people can beat me at chess..

    • Education Counts

      it may be you don't know how to play chess. Grand Masters studied the game for years, often from very young ages. They weren't born Grand Masters.

  • Rich

    I used to be better at it because I read books a lot or something.. I hate reading it's really not my thing I need adventure which I know it sounds bad but.. I gotta have my videogames..
    hey videogames increased my vocabulary enough at times that I would score the highest on vocab quizes in school which is hilarious.. also given that the games I would play weren't even mmorpg's…

  • Rich

    I stopped believing in God anyway because I heard that people were neanderthals.. and that makes no sense to me in reference to the bible so either those people don't get punished by God when they die or God from the bible is not real

    • chris auffet

      Well i heard the opposite so, so now what do you think.take avote

    • ranjanpal

      "neanderthals" is not in the Bible?

  • Rich

    hey guys guess what losing is future winning and winning is future losing..
    if you do one more than the other it gets evened out before you die..
    I did this test on a game where I let someone kill me 1 thousand times..
    to see if a bible verse was real and then
    later on someone let me do it to them 1000 times and there was no way they could know it was the same person..

  • Rich

    so that proves that God might be real or that verse is..
    but neanderthal stuff also disproves God..
    But I should keep in mind that some actual towns actually worship the devil and that there are news reports that report objects floating in the air in church and various occult experiences.. on the actual news especially as a child would convince me in the supernatural fairly fast ..
    I believe that some people may have an arcane IQ derived from a direct leaching of the rules of the universe..
    people don't display their skills and true IQ level until presented with the actual circumstances demanded by some force that is not known.. It's kind of like when Goku only turned into a Super Saiyan because the world was in trouble.. it's like your pride is in trouble so your IQ temporarily goes up to compensate for it.. I'm not even saying that a person would have done actual training for it to go up .. but that it just seems to rise for a reason we wouldn't know..

  • tony

    I wonder what its like having a IQ of 250????

    • Smarty Pants

      Well, it isn't easy, but overall I really enjoy it.

    • ramon

      your a dummy

  • Kevin

    If you are normal you are not retarded.

  • Kevin

    If your IQ is too low/high or you are too rich/poor then you are retarded. Being average is considered normal to the society. "Retard" is just a terminology and it is not necessary bad or good.

  • Will

    Retarded means "less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for one's age" (Oxford English Dictionary) and as such this is a totally appropriate use in the context. If an adult has a low IQ they are by definition retarded. That doesn't make them bad or unhappy or less valid or productive as human beings. Get off your moral high horse and allow language to be used as it should!

  • m s dinakar

    IQ is an artificial construct.
    What the so-called high-IQ endowed reality tells us is that people are differently intelligent.
    It would be ignorantly presumptive to argue for IQ's quantitative derivatives as a realistic measure of universal human intelligence.
    If you can think through in/for a give context, you have been creative to that particular context. A context is a matrix of probabilities. Our creative engagement depends on, or is a function of, our subjectivity though we can induce creative thinking through active engagement.
    Ergo: IQ can be a fun game but it lacks credibility as an assessment tool to know the universality of the human's versatile intelligence.
    We have come a long way from IQ to Multiple Intelligences through the research of Howard Gardner and others.
    Bye!

  • m s dinakar

    Judit Polgar is extraordinary.
    So is Garry Kasparov. Does winning World Championship alone can be a criterion? Becoming a Grandmaster is an issue of being a consistent topper in tournaments with weighted cumulative scores. Obviously, many are not consistent.
    How does one rate the difference between VIswanathan Anand and Garry Kasparov?
    For that matter, its a curious doubt: what if Bobby Fisher had continued to play? Is Vladimir Smyslov a less player than Anatoly Karpov? How would one rank the likes of Emmanuel Lasker?
    Spatial learning through softwares has had its impact on creative and original thinking. Chess is increasingly becoming a 'garden with laid out pathways' instead of its orginality of being a wild forest!
    Chess before computersization had been a wild and far more challenging than it is now for our brains.
    Though now with all the softwaring of the probabilities, we are pitting our intelligence against a different sort of challenge where our margin of error can be drastically tailored down to a given situation while playing with another human player.
    Deep Blue is a valid challenge of a different level where our Grandmaster or anyone is asked to face with a limited knowledge of moves (however strong you are) against a vastly programmed machine whose margin of errors are minimal for certain (not all ) situations. Yet, human intuition will continue to defeat a machine till a computer comes out with a consummate software (or suite of softwares) that exhausts all the possible moves for all the variations to a finite end.
    IQ is not definitive and definitely is not a criterion.

    • joey

      I think chess is great, but to say chess players are some of the worlds smartest people is a joke,Can chess players solve cancers or the worlds fuel problems?Can a chess player look up to the heavens and come up with answers to explain what started it all?NO,they cant.You want to know why?Because they are chess players,they play a game that takes skill most people have.Guess what?I am good at monopoly,does that make me a prodigy?NOPE,and why?because its a game my 11 year old nephew can figure out in 30 min.Get a hobby people chess isent going to answer one thing in your live except how to waist time.

  • John

    Wat about LEONARDO DA VINCI ?

  • Fooch

    Hulk Hogan has 198 IQ

    • Tonto Rodriguez

      Chuck Norris has an I.Q of 1000….His fist has an IQ of 198, each…His beard has an IQ of 199.

      • haha

        Chuck Norris

  • jerry

    I have been given IQ tests at various times in my life, starting at the age of 9. I am now 72 and have had – possibly – 25 IQ tests over the years. The results are amazingly close to each other (never more than5 points in variance). This leads me to believe in the relative accuracy of the test.

    That being said, I attended one Mensa meeting and although the people there may have had high IQs, the vast majority of them didn't have enough sense to come in out of the rain.

    Go figure

    • http://twitter.com/prophetear @prophetear

      Your report regarding the visit to a Mensa meeting is dropping a baited hook for us to swallow. I'm glad you went and you may have had a good reason. But using the time-eroded phrase "come in out of the rain," belies your desire for us to grovel in our worship of your shadow.

  • Donald Mann

    There is only one question to answer. What have they done. What have they discovered, invented, solved. All the medical scientific problems that need to be solved; Where are the genuises to solve the problems of yesterday that still abound today. (i.e cancer) The Phenomenom of Cancer, The chemical mechanism, the source point, the trigger mechanism. You will not find it in a text book. You know it already or you never will. What about Unified Field Theory? What about he riduculous notion of wormholes in time, the peripheral reality of string theory, the never proven and doubtful time contraction hypothesis, the skepticism of the valid utilization of the Lorrentz transformation, the absurbidity of the twin paradox and its misuses and the impossible chimericial delusion of the alteration of time. (First part) Where is the genuis to solve these?

  • Donald Mann

    How about fusion power that Princeton has been working on forever with no solution? Where is the genuis? How about the black holes and the implication to future deep space travel? A genuis (i.e a professor) Are you kidding? IQ 125-144( University Student?) Somebody should first figure out what they are talking about. Let me make something clear. IQ and GPA 4.0 are a conservative ploy to eliminate the non-aristocrat dominance where most genuis lies by creating this distortion of reality. A precocious child means faster kinetics of growth and shorter life expectancy in general. Please get away from the sterotyped conservative imbued stranglehold reasoning that grips this world today with a misguided failure to draw the distinction between smart and a good student. It isthe neural chemistry that is the difference allowing the sedentary state inducive to a good reader to be 4.0 and the aniexity of a high IQ that is creative and mostly liberal and sometimes even radical not a good student at all but has tomorrows knowledge that needs taming to emaninate the turmoultous impressionsof reality and bringing chaotic visions forth to clarified fruition that constitutes the genius. This workld needs to know the difference.

    • Fact not Fiction

      Evidence for any of these claims? Any at all?

    • dom

      very insightful response. Im fifteen years old and i make poor grades in school, but i have been pondering on scientific theories lately and even created my own. Now have i come to find out that the theories i thought i created are actually already existing theories created by world renowned astrophysicists.

  • CosmicKitten89

    My Uncle Paul could have made this list if he weren't such an acid head…

  • Bill Van Jax

    IQ tests are socially and culturally biased instruments and are fundamentally flawed.

    • guest

      Giving someone one test and saying that this test measures what they are in terms of mental capacity is not a good idea. But I can tell you that in general people who do well on one test do well on every test. In general there is a proven connection between consistent high test score and success involving intellectual or creative accomplishment of some kind. I couldn't tell you what an eight year old with high IQ eventually is going to do, but the possibility of something is pretty strong. Have to remember that the original purpose of the IQ test as developed by French scientist Alfred Binet was to help identify individuals from what we call disadvantaged backgrounds who might have greater intellectual aptitude. You can crybaby all you want, but testing for that purpose works pretty well. At least that was what happened for me and the people I knew.

  • http://www.kingdirect.com Storm

    I can lick my elbow and balance a spoon on my nose ! Wow ! now thats exciting… try it!

  • ramon

    yall are stoopid

  • tino

    Any one who is on here debating the facts of smart verse stupid doesn't really know what life is about.our lives revlove around trying to slove problems not create them.guess what geniuses?no matter what color,creed,level of intelligence,race or what ever makes us indivuals were all still labeled the same in genus remember what that is.you were tought this elementry school….the word is HOMOSAPIEN…or human

    • werqty

      your are very stoopied

  • http://www.facebook.com Maverick

    Accomplishments doesn't amount to intelligence. Someone w/ an I.Q. of 1,000 could be more intelligent than anyone in history, however they may be incredibly lazy. Not knocking de Vinci he was remarkably accomplished and one of the greatest visionaries who ever lived.

  • Prem

    right now my I.Q is negative, negative, negative.

  • andrei

    Garry Kimovich Kasparov biography : http://www.browsebiography.com/bio-garry_kimovich

  • ananomuss

    i neber took a qi test.

  • unnown

    Mai Eye Q is won hondred and free. i gess its pritty empressive

  • Bob F

    Interesting article but a few critiques. The title is the world's smartest people but it is heavily American focused. Was there a lack of information on people in other countries during your research?

    Also your rough guide to explaining IQ levels corresponds with eduction level. IQ and education level might be correlated but they are not the same thing.

    • Aus138

      Americans are more tested

  • abeer

    also "this guy" has done so much I couldn't some it up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James_Sidis#
    not to mention he invented a language when he was 9 or so.
    but I agree, sometimes i wounder what would have happened if da vinci was supported rather than called crazy, we might have been much more advanced.

    • Craig

      Unfortunately, many intelligent people are considered "crazy" when their ideas are so wild by the majority of social standards. It's a shame, really.

  • nivetha

    boujour,
    i have an Iq of 118 how can i improve my IQ. iam far behind, i guess. can anyone help me out. i have began to learn French so please dont reply in french. iam just trying to express french till the extent i know.
    merci beaucop.

    • Ammon M

      118 is not 'far behind'. An IQ of 85-115 is normal. You are above normal. You can't improve your IQ per se. Your IQ score won't fluctuate more than 20 points in your life. But you CAN excercise your mind with puzzles, and exercise your body as well. These things will prevent Alzheimer's disease, as well as keep you sharp-minded.

    • Ammon M

      You CAN use your mind to learn and do things to the best of your ablility. You'll be able to accomplish more than most people, genius or otherwise. I'm an officer in Mensa and I know many Mensans who are supposed to be in the upper eschelon of the world's thinkers. Unfortunately, many of them waste their 'gift', and never do any real 'thinking'. They never try to investigate or learn things for themselves. Contrastingly, I know people who are not able to pass the Mensa test, yet continually prove themselves to be among my smartest friends. They strive to learn, and to contemplate things, and to use their brains for something of value.

      Stop worrying about your IQ score, and remember how fortunate you are to be above normal, and that you have the ability to apply it to something useful without becoming holier than thou, or elitist about it.

  • Pooby

    My IQ is nobody's business!

    • zeyad

      i bet its -250

  • EvilRabbid

    Oh, well, you can't just define them as the smartest ppl in the world according to the IQ test scores, cos there's a plenty of ppl never taken the IQ tests, plus IQ test is not even made by the creator of the world, thus it's not accurate :)
    human creates flaws and that's the beauty of our world!

  • Craig

    I find it VERY surprising not to find Nikola Tesla or Albert Einstein on this list. These were two great minds in their time.

    • cody

      You answered your own statement. Yes they were great, but in their OWN time.

    • the truth

      yes Nikola Tesla !!!

  • Craig

    IQ testing is merely a device used by the eccentric to make themselves feel more important.

  • adam persson

    what the… i got 144 in an iq test and i'm 13 ( i was 12 when i took the test)

  • god

    looking through the comment id like to say that the people using words alot of people wont understand because they dont read the dictionary like to believe their clever are dead wrong einstien = everything should be made as simple as possible. your making life harder for yourself and everyone else pretty stupid if you ask me considering you want people to understand you. also the smartest person in the world would have to make the answers for the i.q. test for it to be accurate. da vinchi or one of the mayans who figured out time are probably the smartest people to ever live

    • Jon

      Anyon who says "your" instead of "you're" should not be commenting on this article. Go back to elementary school before sharing an opinion of intelligence.

  • Matt

    With the exception of Stephen Hawkings; none of these so called "geniuses" did anything that could be considered profound. No break through neurosurgical techniques or cures in medicine, mathematical discoveries, life changing inventions, etc….

    HE HAS THE HIGHEST (ONE OF THE SO-CALLED HIGHEST) IQ'S AND TRIED TO EARN A PhD BUT IT WAS REJECTED???????? What a joke, most of those people haven't done shit…

    • Aus138

      thats cause their arent many of them.

  • Matt

    LMAO at someone who scored high on a so-called "iq test" and thinking they "aren't far behind" Stephen Hawkings…..

  • No Bloody way

    There is no way this list is complete, that would mean Im the seventh smartest person on the planet, and thats just complete rubbish.

    • Aus138

      your a dumbass. if your iq is that high than you would know that the growth of people in an iq "set" is exponential. that means not leniar if you were wondering. F****** Brits

  • blitzgreg1

    No mention of sir Isaac Newton also, who to me was pure genius as he conceptualised a lot of what is science today.

  • katelyn beasley

    Im biulding a time machine, and im very stressed, please respond if you know anything that could help me.:'(

  • Christopher K. Upton

    Squirrel Boy takes the cake! — Oh No!

  • ionel

    my IQ is 23 cm

  • Ross

    Oh please this article is a joke. Intelligence is renowned for what people have accomplished in the development of human knowledge. Not what some cowboys IQ is. What about the most famous geniuses who ever lived? Newton, da Vinci, Einstein, where's there place? There are only a number of people on this list who have accomplished more then the normal person, they should be off it. Intelligence is not just intellectual, but how you perceive the world with personality and imagination, and most importantly how you benefit the world by using it.

    My suggestion is that nobody in their right mind should take this seriously.

    • Alli

      Don't worry, I've called whine one one, the waaambulance is on its way

  • Samuel Beckett Jr.

    i was learned alot in scool and think myself purty darned smart.

  • your welcome

    kelly what you are saying is stupid + it bears no resemblance and is of none significance to calling Africans Niggers.
    calling a person a "retard" can be taken as a derogatory manner, but in this case they are saying the truth. Too many people consider this offensive because it is used in such ways, but in this case it is used in truth to describe the mental retardation some people have. in no way do I think this post is insulting to anybody. you are just thinking about the bad references in which these words are used.

  • Jodie

    My IQ is 132.. and im 13.. i wish i was 250 too :(

  • Mariana

    ehem… Im 10 and my iq is 115 >.> <.<
    now what about rick rosner or einstein… tsk tsk

  • nohj

    i stop schooling coz school is not important for me .. i took an IQ test 2 weeks ago and the result is over 150 even i already stop studying,, .. i know that i am gifted with an IQ that only .5% of the people in the world have.

  • Earl

    To continue…..
    There are many supposedly bright people out there who lack common sense, are difficult, demanding and never really successful in relationships with others, and yet someone who is supposedly less intelligent is great at getting along with others, has better relationships, and is just more pleasant to be around. Who's smarter in these cases? IQ is an indicator of how well someone can do in academics, and can give an idea of someone's intelligence, but it i can't measure a person's matuirity, mental health, and common sense. Too many people seem to think, just because a person is smart, they are supposedly a step above the rest. Ted Bundy the serial killer was suppose to be smart, yet look what he did and how he ended up. A human brain is more complex then the most complex machine ever invented, yet people believe you can measure its intelligence by a test?

  • Ces

    My IQ is 197!

  • linda

    Thank you for the information about this list of people. Two females and a black man on the list of geniuses. I, being a black woman with a 16 year old daughter whos IQ is 150. We are proud of her and can't wait to see what she will accompish one day. You have taken a beating on this website from biggots and people who have appeared to misunderstand what you were doing. De Vinci was probably a genius but he was never tested.

    • Qossay Takroori

      Congratulations, I am sure she will accomplish something extraordinary in the future. Yes, people are beating each other over this post, and I understand their view and giving the the freedom to speak and to be heard. Thanks for visiting and please come back

  • Chelseamcennah

    can u make yourself a genious?

    • Peter

      No

      • Sir Joe Warns

        The question Chicken and bacon sandwitch? or salad… choose wisly

        • RootBeer

          I’m very serious, So I ordered Chicken Salad Pizza.

        • James Barclay

          I have some leftover chicken breast and a half pound of bacon in the fridge. Infact, I’m so hungry I think I’ll go and cook up the bacon and make a sandwich with chiabata slices- and mayonnaise. Thank you, Sir Joe of Wams.

    • JJORDAN0065

      That is debatable. While some consider your intelligence quotient to be representative of genius, I don’t see it. Almost anyone can study and learn. I think genius is really more attributable to your problem solving skills and ability to think creatively. But, your question’s answer is yes. If you study and learn you can test at a genius level.

      • Bcfc_daniel

        an IQ test (as stated by MENSA) is a test that measures mental capacity, not knowledge or memory two things often associated with intelligence 

        • Fore Siu Chan

          IQ test can be practiced, there’re onlines sources and books that provide sample questions.

          • Don Jackson

            We use only a small portion of our brain, so yes, we can study and learn more and in some capacity test better. But if an IQ test truly tests capacity to learn, and it is likely at least somewhat limited, then the IQ score should not change. But there are also other factors like rainy days and distractions; some days we just test better than others.

          • James Barclay

            It is not the amount of a portion of the brain we use but the effective use of several areas. The old myth that is bandied about of amount is incorrect and probably useless. But there seems to be a historical and anthropological correlation between the size of the brain and intellectual facility and capacity. Further, conditions can greatly effect the workings of the brain and mind: weather, atmospheric pressure, magnetics, nutritional health, blood circulation, disease and the effect of certain medications. In addition the very individuality of metabolism is a prime factor. the effects go on and on. They also effect capacities to learn. We know a hostile learning atmosphere is detrimental as is social stimulus such as reward, perception of safety- or lack of it, abandonment or stifling the mind. Yes, even rainy days and glorious sunshine. My definition of a genius is someone who demonstrates that he or she can signifigantly contribute to the advancement of human knowledge or understanding.

          • Don Jackson

            We use only a small portion of our brain, so yes, we can study and learn more and in some capacity test better. But if an IQ test truly tests capacity to learn, and it is likely at least somewhat limited, then the IQ score should not change. But there are also other factors like rainy days and distractions; some days we just test better than others.

        • James Barclay

          and that is all it is concerned with testing. Within the time constraints for the test its capacity is self limiting, but succinct.

      • http://twitter.com/sunlitweb Sunlit Web

        I don’t think so. I’ve taken legit tests and they screen for innate intelligence that goes beyond what is learned. They pick up on the natural ability to problem solve as opposed to learned ways to problem solve. I hope that makes sense…

      • James Barclay

        Personally, I think its name is what it is: The psychometric measurement of a person’s ability to perform well on a test supposedly designed to test intellectual facility. sicne it has laready been proven that genius comes in myriad forms from musical/mathematicla ability to the artistic or the creative, the IQ test is quite passe’ and may be invalid. Psychometrics has many flaws and one of them is that it cannot determine a genuine composite IQ from autistic savant talent. I will get arguments, but I think I can prove my case. In sum, I agree with JJORDAN0065.

    • Dev

       lol yes almost everyone can, as long as you study more then 12 hours each day you will be a genious in time but studing must interest you, if you find it very boring then you will not become genious, unless your born gifted

      • Fore Siu Chan

        studying would enrich your knowledge, and it might add a few points IQ boost but intelligence is mostly genetic, so it’s pretty much fixed.

    • MillenniumITServices

      no, but you can spell “genius” correctly in your question regarding an article such as this..so that your question isnt ridiculed.

      • Jonb

        If you are criticising others regarding spelling, then you really should be able to spell isnt properly… Like this “isn’t”

        • ComeAtMeBro

          You might want to know that the apostrophe is part of punctuation. He spelled the word “isn’t” correctly, it just wasn’t correctly punctuated (you made the exact same mistake too, hypocrite). Also, he wasn’t criticizing (you spelled that wrong too) others, he was just pointing it out as a humble gesture to ensure the question was taken seriously and not ridiculed. 

          • Jonb

            I’m curious as to how I made the exact same mistake, you really should read what I wrote carefully before passing comment. You have a loose grasp of the English language, to write criticizing in this context is fine, do a little homework and you’ll realise how moronic you sound. Also, try “spelt” instead of “spelled”, it stops you looking like an eight year old.

          • Ppp

             In American English, spelt means exclusively a hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe, and the verb spell makes spelled in its past-tense and past-participial forms. In varieties of English from outside the U.S., spelt and spelled both work as past-tense and past-participial forms of spell. They are interchangeable, and both are common. 
             In American English, spelt means exclusively a hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe, and the verb spell makes spelled in its past-tense and past-participial forms. In varieties of English from outside the U.S., spelt and spelled both work as past-tense and past-participial forms of spell. They are interchangeable, and both are common. ostly in Europe

             In American English, spelt means exclusively a hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe, and the verb spell makes spelled in its past-tense and past-participial forms. In varieties of English from outside the U.S., spelt and spelled both work as past-tense and past-participial forms of spell. They are interchangeable, and both are common. ostly in Europe

          • Jonb

            Hmmm thanks for writing that three times. Very interesting

          • cynicaldriver

            Jonb: You made a mistake near the
            end of your statement.

            You said: “Like this ‘isn’t'”

            What you should have typed was:
            “Like this: ‘isn’t.’”

            You not only forgot the period to end that sentence, but you also forgot what a
            colon is for. One should not be so quick to poke fun at another person’s skills
            with the written word, when you don’t fully grasp simple concepts yourself.
            ComeAtMeBro (what a horrible troll-name) was also correct to point out that you
            were commenting on a grammar error as a spelling error; there is a difference.
            On top of all that nonsense, you didn’t even notice that MilleniumITServices
            failed to even START their entry properly; where they began a sentence without
            capitalizing the first word.

            The other highlight of your “You look like a moronic 8 year old”
            comment, is that you spelled “criticizing” properly that time, but
            not in the comment before. Oh, and you should have spelled eight out, since it
            is a single-digit number.

            In short; you both made GRAMMAR errors. Anyone with a basic education could see
            this, and you have only succeeded in making yourself look like the biggest fool
            here. Next time think a little before trying to degrade someone else over
            meaningless things. The only thing you have accomplished here is inspire a random viewer to embarass you, a full two years later.

          • James Barclay

            It is also dialectical. “spelt” is an arcane spelling for “spelled”. In Massachusetts it is common to use the word “learnt” for learned and “up to” for “at”. In New Bedford the word “hadup” is used for go, as in, “Let’s hadup.” I just love colloquialisms.

          • James Barclay

            There is a quaint Arabic expression that says, “straining at gnats and swallowing camels”. It means that someone is putting more emphasis on questioning the details rather than addressing the subject.

        • James Barclay

          See what I mean?

      • James Barclay

        It is one of the problems of inquiry that people will judge the spelling of a word, a turn of phrase, an error in syntax or a uniquely expressed thought rather than consider a question.

    • Orkelys’sperspective

      Can you make yourself a genius?
       
      From my own experience, I would say yes.  I had an IQ score of 118 10 years ago and recently gained a score of 131.  I believe the brain is just like a muscle.  The more you excercise your brain, the easier thinking becomes.  By questioning everything and researching the answers along with eating foods that promote healthy neurotransmission, taking “brain food supplements”, meditating and laughing a lot I have been able to make myself smarter.  I would not consider myself a genius but I am only 29 and will continue my journey to wisdom and intellect.  I figure at this rate, I will be a genius well before I am 40.  Most importantly I want to be happy and healthy and my journey to becoming smarter has had a positive effect on that.  Below are my two things I think everyone should ingest.
       
      Phenibut (has also helped with my eye sight)
      Chiropractor’s Blend Protein Greens (also helps with hair and nail growth)
       
      Also, don’t do anything to make you dumber like watching cable TV and eating highly processed foods.  Avoid aluminum products such most women’s deorderants.
       
      Most importantly- laugh!!!!!!!!  I think laughing is a great coping mechanism.  High intelligence sometimes comes with frustration (from over-analyzing and or making connections many others can’t see, etc.) and the inability to communicate with other people which is partly where the whole “ignorance is bliss” saying comes from.
       
      Hope this helps!
       
      Orkelys :-)    
       
       

      • NotaDocRachel

        I have taken a few IQ tests and found that I scored well
        above average on the non verbal/spatial awareness style tests
        and barely scrapped  though average on others. Perhaps you are already a genius (had to check my spelling on that then! ;-))
        but they just haven’t invented a test to truly reflect it yet!

        I totally agree with Orkelys
        (if you’re a man I’d quite like to marry you!) Exercise your brain like a muscle
        and it’ll get stronger… but don’t forget to laugh a lot too!! J X  

      • Fore Siu Chan

        Brains do show some degree of plasticity, and the muscle analogy is correct and it has been shown in some studies of psychology. But the mental capactiy of the brain is mostly determined genetic factors, so it’s pretty much fixed, you may only be able to strengthen it just by a little.

    • Aldgkhgg

      Not if you spell genius like that.

    • Michael W Hentrich

      Yes, with hard (mostly mental) work.

    • Lord Nik

      YA with some book that have over 1 TONE

    • Faustus

      Definitely not, which is what I would have say. Impossible to become a genious that is.

    • TheJackal

      Well, first you might want to learn to spell.

    • Ted

      Not if you can’t spell it.

    • Andrewnicholson4

       The first step is learning how to spell it

      • http://twitter.com/sunlitweb Sunlit Web

        This entire spelling brouhaha over the word “genius” needs to be settled with a spelling bee slapdown or a scrabble death match.

    • D_20132

      Everyone is smart in some shape or form I believe it was Einstein that quote ”Everyone is  smart but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will forever think it’s stupid” what I’m saying to you is you might be a genious in some aspects that you may not yet know of.

    • James Barclay

      According to current theory and demonstrations it seems you can. what you need is a combination of skills from advanced reasoning and logic, spatial recognition, vocabulary, analogies, mathematical memory (usually being able to remember strings of numbers and declensions of of them and also be able to do advanced problem solving)- all of which can be practiced and learned. the limits, of course, is the individual capacity to accomplish these. A not so great secret is that coaching for IQ tests has been around for a long while. If you contact MENSA they may lead you to ways you can study for its qualification test. No, its not cheating.

    • Michael Hentrich

      Yes, of course.

  • Gurnzzzz

    FUCK OFF

  • Dr.Chowe Ding Kim

    Well Mr.Chelseam your talking shit im a professor of cambridge for 53 years and im classed as a retard. Sorry to disappoint.

    • Michael Wood

      I would think if you were a professor of anywhere, especially Cambridge, you’d at least have a basic grasp of either English, or arithmetic. You may be right about the “classed as a retard”, though.

    • Chris

      Your grammar is terrible for a professor. Surely you didn’t write your thesis with that grammar?

      • Sujata

        I absolutely agree

    • Pennyweather

      Doesn’t Really really where im so call ” classed” i have Aspergers and Anxiety, i have lots creativity so does mean im the smartest person. I made it into the worlds finest military. So i dont care where i am classed or what my iq is i know that i will always be smarter and awsomer the anyone who steps in front of me.

  • Sir Joe Warns

    CHICKEN WINGS

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KHOV7USQIMS2RJGL47XFP7VTNQ Sophia

    fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johnreimarquez

    Who wants to be the top 1 most genius?

    • gabriel lowery

      Me!

  • Im Genius

    1. IQ level- ASIANS

    • Johan

      indeed =)

    • Inmate47

      ashkenazi jews > asians 

      you were almost correct

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SCMS7RKNAE6ERYTDFEPG6AVZVY asbnrt

        Ashkenazi jews = intelligent northern european men converted to judaism.

        • http://twitter.com/cftxp Chris Fornesa

          First thing, you’re using a terrible word meant to be derogatory which no one on earth should be subjugated to being called, second thing, the Northern European Plain, in fact, includes Slavic countries such as Russia, Poland, the Ukraine, etc, it’s not just the Nordic countries (besides, the U.K. is considered a part of Northern Europe and isn’t actually considered a Nordic country). So in addition to being Eastern European, for the most part, the Jews lived in the Northern portions of Europe as well, thus, you’re both in some way correct. But your use of foul language and insults takes away from an otherwise decent argument.

          • James Barclay

            Lenny Bruce and Martin Luther King both had visions of times when such names would be though odd and meaningless if not downright hilarious. the word “Yankee” was the worst thing you could call a colonist back in colonial american times just as “Cannuck” was the worst name one could call a French Canadian. Now one is a baseball team and the other is a hockey team.

        • smitty

          well some ones angry

      • http://twitter.com/cftxp Chris Fornesa

        Actually, Jews (and Arabs) are considered as part of the Semitic group of the White/Caucasian family tree. So yeah, Jews aren’t actually a race as much as they can be considered a nationality or a cultural identity with the same traditions and heritage.

        • James Barclay

          Yeah Chris, My aunt Jennie taught me that Jews were a culture, not a race and that the Judaic Faith was the religion of our culture. Aunt Jennie was an Ashkenazi Jew from Knoxville, TN. to nail it in my professor of Anthropology and Ethnicity, Maraget Leakey, said Semites were a branch of the Caucasian racial designation.

  • Bord2def

    at least sheldon from the big bang theory would shut up if he saw this, considering he isnt in the top 5 with an iq if 187

    • Element Javon

      Actually he might be in the top 5. Lots of people who score in the 200 range get those scores as kids and their adult scores are lower.
      Marilyn Savant got ~228 as a kid but only 186 as an adult.

    • Element Javon

      Actually he might be in the top 5. Lots of people who score in the 200 range get those scores as kids and their adult scores are lower.
      Marilyn Savant got ~228 as a kid but only 186 as an adult.

    • Element Javon

      Actually he might be in the top 5. Lots of people who score in the 200 range get those scores as kids and their adult scores are lower.
      Marilyn Savant got ~228 as a kid but only 186 as an adult.

  • Karen

    Indian 11-year-old girl called Vishalini has an IQ 225

    • ComeAtMeBro

      Please note: this is dated back to 2010 (she probably wasn’t known then). 

      • Ambrinks1

        These people are super smart.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5PTNHXE6HRS5UIREMNUIRPZYEA A

      if im not mistaken the iq in children and adults differ. so the iq of 225 in a child would probably only equate to about 160 of an adult. I dont really know the exact numbers and how they come about but I do know that there is a difference in standards

  • Luke

    In a sense, you have a chance to make yourself a genius. I would recommend that you read the book The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk. This book goes on to show statistical data of how your genes can be influenced over time based on your environment and your actions. It also shows you how child prodigies and geniuses don’t have a super GENE X inside of them, instead they focus a  lot on their subject of interest.  The book also gives tips on how to change your lifestyle to be more of that of a genius. I hope that helps and for starters, you should probably start by changing the way you write text messages. 

  • joe Lynch

    I was wondering how a poor Canadian from Truro, Nova
    Scotia,

    would be able to afford to take one of the highest IQ
    tests.

    I have previously taken a few of the free ones online,

    I scored a 135, on a test rated accurate to 120 (+15)

    + I scored 165, on a test rated accurate to 145 (+20)

     

    The reason I took these tests in the first place,

    was to get myself released,

    from a nursing home facility.

    The nursing home that I found myself stuck in,

    after being involved in an automobile accident in 96.

     

    At first, I could see why they put me into a nursing home,

    as I was pretty beat up in the accident.

    I was not only paralysed, with one hand and arm beat up,

    but I guess that I had sustained a pretty severe closed head
    injury.

     

    This head injury not only wiped out all my short term
    memory abilities,

    but it wiped out one 
    whole year of my long term memory.

    This essentially wiped out a year of my life,

    six months before the accident,

    and six months after the accident.

    This time span has never come back

     

    Well, I had to relearn everything,

    I could not get my hands to do what I wanted them to,

    and this was combined with a permanent shakiness.

    I even had to relearn how to speak,

    which still gives me problems sometimes.

    (I like writing better, as I can edit as I go)

     

    I will have to admit though,

    in a way, I kind of had to cheat,

    as I took each test twice.

    Once to see what the questions were,

    and then again to answer the questions.

    I did this because I figured it was a test of how much you
    could know,

    not how much that you already knew

    would be able to afford to take one of the highest IQ
    tests.

    I have previously taken a few of the free ones online,

    I scored a 135, on a test rated accurate to 120 (+15)

    + I scored 165, on a test rated accurate to 145 (+20)

     

    The reason I took these tests in the first place,

    was to get myself released,

    from a nursing home facility.

    The nursing home that I found myself stuck in,

    after being involved in an automobile accident in 96.

     

    At first, I could see why they put me into a nursing home,

    as I was pretty beat up in the accident.

    I was not only paralysed, with one hand and arm beat up,

    but I guess that I had sustained a pretty severe closed head
    injury.

     

    This head injury not only wiped out all my short term
    memory abilities,

    but it wiped out one 
    whole year of my long term memory.

    This essentially wiped out a year of my life,

    six months before the accident,

    and six months after the accident.

    This time span has never come back

     

    Well, I had to relearn everything,

    I could not get my hands to do what I wanted them to,

    and this was combined with a permanent shakiness.

    I even had to relearn how to speak,

    which still gives me problems sometimes.

    (I like writing better, as I can edit as I go)

     

    I will have to admit though,

    in a way, I kind of had to cheat,

    as I took each test twice.

    Once to see what the questions were,

    and then again to answer the questions.

    I did this because I figured it was a test of how much you
    could know,

    not how much that you already knew

    • Charles F.

      Man, you repeated many things a lot of times, go get a treatment or at least read before posting.

      • Joe

        LOL, you didn`t get it :D

  • Nicoledoggystyle

    black looks familiar

  • Nicoledoggystyle

    black guy looks familiar

  • Jimwyser

    I have taken test repeatedly and it depends on what kind of day your having. With me this effects my IQ by 20 points or more highest recorded while I was in school was 171. Highest I recorded here online in various test and much older has been 163 lowest was 141 on that day It was raining I felt tired with a slight headache.  IQ matters little as far as I see. Its what chances you have in life and what breaks you get if you can benefit from that higher IQ

  • Dr. Sohail

    you can increase you intelligency via using your mind more and more becasue mind is only one thing in the world which has no depreceation.

  • Hellokitty745

    top 8? where the *** is the second page button

  • Me

    Is it possible to lower your iq?

    • Trickykd

       Is there such a thing as a stupid question?

    • cessare

      yes it is possible, but remember knowlage it can be very helpful only if u apply it in you’r own live.other wise you’ll be intelligent but not wise

  • Fowdrake

    wow i got only 50 on a iq test and i thought that was alot

  • Fowdrake

    i mean 100

  • Maloneappraisal

    I do not see the Beresford (brother and sister)  there and they reportedly have achieved a 195 score each.  The male petitioned University of Chicago to take 90 units per semester because he was bored with 60 units per semester (and a full time girlfriend), unfortunately he was denied.  

  • marchcool

    ok, apart Kasparov, what have these so-called geniuses done to be considered as great relative to the “true” geniuses ?
    You can solve problems very fast, you can have a lot of information in your head, etc. but for me a real genius is the one who possesses a large amount of creativity, like Einstein, Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Picasso, Heminway, Gauss, Faulkner, Lagrange, Van Gogh, etc. etc.
    You can solve the damm problems of an IQ test very successfully and yet have a very limited creativity, imagination or motivation for doing great achievements. So, forget about the IQ tests and ask yourself what have you done in your life to be considered as a great thing (an idea, a life work, etc.)

    • smitty

      i’d think theyd invent time travel or how to travel faster than light, or maybe even find another planet that could hold human life forms

    • hd

      well said

  • ally

    im good at maths, like best in my class but like dumb shit in the rest ;3

  • BodhiHawk

    Smartest man alive is Ken Wilber

  • Faust

    Good we have list of people with highest IQ so why is this called “smartest people” they’re not smartest, they’re ones which are gifted the most which doesn’t mean smartest… what’s really stupid is that if Isaac Newton or Thomas Edison would live now (and be doing so much for world that they were doing then) they still wouldn’t be on the list even when people on list together are not as smart as Isaac Newton etc.

  • Nicolejune

    It’s strange that it’s all men… is this because men have been tested more than women? It can’t be that they’re actually all smarter… so there must be some other factor.

    • Trickykd

       Marilyn Vos Savant is a women and she has the highest ever recorded… If you want more women on the list find the smartest guy you can find and have at him – then nurture…

  • Brainiac

    Evolution’s 8 smartest monkeys on the planet. 

  • GlitteryCaiti54

    I thought Einstein was one of the smartest people in the world? Guess not.

    • Element Javon

      No! I’m an Einstein fan and I’m here to clarify that he is still one of the smartest men to have ever lived. :P

  • Chinalex

    Garry Kasparov was born in the Capital of Azerbaijan Baku city, not in Russia

  • Doodles

    I am thirteen and got an IQ score of 121. Is that gifted considering my age?

    • Trickykd

       Your Above average. “Is that gifted considering my age?” It doesn’t work like that – you will likely see some fluctuation but all you can do is work your brain and stay actively learning… 

  • Ragav Reddy

    i request the website to enter a girl’s name in 1′st place she was living in india,tamilnadu,thirunelveli where she had 215 iq range whether you can check it

  • iNeed$

    I once took care of a math problem and gave it my email. She turned me down because I had arthritis in my shin pad. Mom has a picture of us touching on the beach. One car sale was all it took. That armadillo was green. Old news, meh -__-

  • barac obama

    booooring

  • Barack Obama

    who is impersonating as me. I am Barack Obama 

  • faryal khan

    i  like   eiinstin  very  much

  • jordan smith

    where is the last four people

  • John

    na
     

  • Febi Jaimon

    the title said the world 8 smartest people…. but it only shows 5… anyone else spot this?

  • Guest

    BTW, I have an IQ of 198 and I have an eidetic memory… although this could be a mistake, I doubt it. I finished primary school at the age of 6. And then finished high school at the age of 9. Does this make me the world’s second cleverest person?…

    • Febi Jaimon

      WOW!!! Dude that is awesome!!!

    • Zazzina

      If you’re male could you wait half a year so I can marry you?
      And if you’re a female, I can change for you.

      • seve

        That just got weird

    • Guest123

      I highly doubt you have an iq of 198 and what you wrote here is bullshit because if it was not you would not have written cleverest because that is wrong and instead you would have written most clever and by the way there has not been a single proven case of any person having an eidetic memor

    • Element Javon

      You sound interesting. Would you care to post your name?

  • Nagarjuna1953

    Where’s Ed Witten in this gallery of intellectual greats? His staggering brilliance in both physics and mathematics is regarded even by Nobel prize winners as virtually otherworldly.

  • Arithmancybob

    Looks like the topic was lost in the English Dept.

    • SNIVY24

      You know i can report you to this happenings if ever it happen again… Dont ever Make fun of other people since i can understand that Ginawang chat box ng mga tae yos it means you made it a chat box  poo

  • Xavier

    What about Terrance Tao

  • not very smart now

    lol im 11 and my IQ is 143. The guy in first place is a dang prodigy. I can barely do derivatives.

    • steve

      If someone had shown me how to do derivatives when I was 6 I could have done them. Calculus is easy, and I doubt your IQ is 143, where’d you get the results from an internet IQ test?

  • Hopimigration

    test your self on the medicine rocks of montana

  • Adsa

    where is tesla

  • Dw_power

    You can increase your IQ by going to collages. The higher educated you’re the higher IQ you’re gonna get.

  • Terrygrancho

    do they worth twice the amount? i only see 4 “Smarts”

  • james ross

    THIS IS INCORRECT, YOU SHOULD THINK AGAIN THE WORLD’S SMARTEST MAN IS IN FACT STEPHEN HAWKING

  • Lunchboxking

    My iq is 174

  • Lawikenny

    got more improve right now ..

  • Daron34

    all of your stupid popups are blocking the screen

  • Ergh

    “One tiem, I hitted a spider wiff a apple juice… It ded now!”____Confucius

  • Joanne

    Dumb people talk about other people (including other peoples spelling !! ), average people talk about events, intelligent people talk about ideas.

    • Jon

      Dumb people come on here to make that statement

    • Element Javon

      I cannot believe how meaningful your comment is. I’m a bit surprised to reflect and realize that you are correct. XD

  • Anonymous

    I heard that Elizabeth Banks is the smartest person in the world?

  • Markcarew

    cant you count? 5 does not equal 8?

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    • usodumb

      2nd page William James Sidis.

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  • sir awesome

    go onto page 2 smartass

  • Boaz

    Kinda found this artical a little insulting with the “retard” part, mentally deficient sounds more appropriate.

  • Geo

    I’ve never tried to measure my IQ and I don’t think it’s a successful process to define one’s abilities.Every human try is limited and the results aren’t trustworthy.No doubt,these people mentioned in the article have some outstanding potential but we shouldn’t stick to numbers and try to form categories…Anyway,interesting subject and understandable article.Although my 17 years of age and my limited knowledge of the English language,I didn’t have any problem reading it.

  • Zakaria Yussuf

    Are they really smart? Because some times Internet lies

  • Jay Swartz

    My IQ is 167 and through various organizations I know many with similar levels above and below mine. I can tell you that IQ has a very weak statistical correlation with success or contribution to domains of knowledge. While many of those who do succeed or contribute significantly do indeed have high IQs, the vast majority high IQ people are otherwise average. Conversely, there are many average IQ people who become successful or make world-changing discoveries through good old fashioned hard work.

    • FitzGrisly

      This comment effectively seals the argument. Anecdotally: My IQ has been measured beyond 160 and I am unemployed despite holding advanced degrees, clinically depressed, alcoholic, and a really bad poet. So there.

  • gabriel bryan prasco

    wow,,,, all of u are incredibly smart!! how i wish im one of you!!!

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  • John Madden

    How come Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s name is not on it? This guy only had 6th grade education and setting Guinness world book record one after another. How is intelligence measured here?

  • jac

    hello

  • Anthony

    The smartest person who ever lived Yohan Goethe hands down

  • Guest

    I have gotten 110 for the score on the IQ test. So I’m basically average.

  • rocco big mac

    where is albert einstein in smartness?

  • rocco big mac

    where is albert einstein in smartness?

  • hi

    Very good but wheres Einstein

  • hi

    Very good but wheres Einstein

  • http://www.facebook.com/THESCUBALIFE Joshua DeLawrence

    They are not genius at all but another form of autism! Christopher Micheal langan Speaks for itself. From what I have learned most people who have a really high IQ have Autism. this is all they can do! They cant function socially. They are not an Einstein he had no where near an IQ of 210 or even 150. He was no where near higher than 135 probably because clinically your are autistic. Here is another persons post “Einstein never took an IQ test (they are a fairly recent development) so no one knows what his IQ is. But the fact that he was brilliant in some fields doesn’t mean he would have had a high IQ. There are people, called ‘idiot savants’ who are incredibly brilliant in one field, but hopeless at other things. For some reason, mathematics is often the field of special intensity – they can calculate numbers in their heads that you or I would have trouble entering into a computer, and solve them faster than the computer. They can tell you what day of the week any date in history was, or project it forward into the future. But they may not be able to figure out how to get across town on a bus. So IQ, no matter how high it is, doesn’t always indicate brilliance. And your personal IQ can and does vary over your lifetime, so it isn’t a set number. It is used as a guide, however. IQs of under 80 are generally deemed to need assisted living conditions, those with IQs over 135 are MENSA level. These are people who sit around and do math problems for fun and find sudoko and crosswords much too easy.
    Some people with high IQs are not especially socially adept, because they can’t understand how other people (with lower IQs) have such trouble understanding things that come naturally to the. Others with high IQs are wonderful, kind and caring people. So there aren’t really any generalizations you can make about people with high or low IQs.” This is accurate as I know this from college. All I can say is at 14 I took an IQ test and my cousin in college didn’t want to after he had seen how high I had scored. I scored high but no where near even 150 i was near 135. I feel seemingly similar to the way this person has posted the description. I get very frustrated trying to teach other people seemingly simple stuff. At least to me. I learned and became a dive professional in a year. Something that takes people years to understand. I have never been to school for physics! I have no desire to and never will because I find it a waste of time. Yet I am able to pass classes that you need to know and understand physics for diving or at least have th experaince first hand to be able to understand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/THESCUBALIFE Joshua DeLawrence

    They are not genius at all but another form of autism! Christopher Micheal langan Speaks for itself. From what I have learned most people who have a really high IQ have Autism. this is all they can do! They cant function socially. They are not an Einstein he had no where near an IQ of 210 or even 150. He was no where near higher than 135 probably because clinically your are autistic. Here is another persons post “Einstein never took an IQ test (they are a fairly recent development) so no one knows what his IQ is. But the fact that he was brilliant in some fields doesn’t mean he would have had a high IQ. There are people, called ‘idiot savants’ who are incredibly brilliant in one field, but hopeless at other things. For some reason, mathematics is often the field of special intensity – they can calculate numbers in their heads that you or I would have trouble entering into a computer, and solve them faster than the computer. They can tell you what day of the week any date in history was, or project it forward into the future. But they may not be able to figure out how to get across town on a bus. So IQ, no matter how high it is, doesn’t always indicate brilliance. And your personal IQ can and does vary over your lifetime, so it isn’t a set number. It is used as a guide, however. IQs of under 80 are generally deemed to need assisted living conditions, those with IQs over 135 are MENSA level. These are people who sit around and do math problems for fun and find sudoko and crosswords much too easy.
    Some people with high IQs are not especially socially adept, because they can’t understand how other people (with lower IQs) have such trouble understanding things that come naturally to the. Others with high IQs are wonderful, kind and caring people. So there aren’t really any generalizations you can make about people with high or low IQs.” This is accurate as I know this from college. All I can say is at 14 I took an IQ test and my cousin in college didn’t want to after he had seen how high I had scored. I scored high but no where near even 150 i was near 135. I feel seemingly similar to the way this person has posted the description. I get very frustrated trying to teach other people seemingly simple stuff. At least to me. I learned and became a dive professional in a year. Something that takes people years to understand. I have never been to school for physics! I have no desire to and never will because I find it a waste of time. Yet I am able to pass classes that you need to know and understand physics for diving or at least have th experaince first hand to be able to understand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/THESCUBALIFE Joshua DeLawrence

    They are not genius at all but another form of autism! Christopher Micheal langan Speaks for itself. From what I have learned most people who have a really high IQ have Autism. this is all they can do! They cant function socially. They are not an Einstein he had no where near an IQ of 210 or even 150. He was no where near higher than 135 probably because clinically your are autistic. Here is another persons post “Einstein never took an IQ test (they are a fairly recent development) so no one knows what his IQ is. But the fact that he was brilliant in some fields doesn’t mean he would have had a high IQ. There are people, called ‘idiot savants’ who are incredibly brilliant in one field, but hopeless at other things. For some reason, mathematics is often the field of special intensity – they can calculate numbers in their heads that you or I would have trouble entering into a computer, and solve them faster than the computer. They can tell you what day of the week any date in history was, or project it forward into the future. But they may not be able to figure out how to get across town on a bus. So IQ, no matter how high it is, doesn’t always indicate brilliance. And your personal IQ can and does vary over your lifetime, so it isn’t a set number. It is used as a guide, however. IQs of under 80 are generally deemed to need assisted living conditions, those with IQs over 135 are MENSA level. These are people who sit around and do math problems for fun and find sudoko and crosswords much too easy.
    Some people with high IQs are not especially socially adept, because they can’t understand how other people (with lower IQs) have such trouble understanding things that come naturally to the. Others with high IQs are wonderful, kind and caring people. So there aren’t really any generalizations you can make about people with high or low IQs.” This is accurate as I know this from college. All I can say is at 14 I took an IQ test and my cousin in college didn’t want to after he had seen how high I had scored. I scored high but no where near even 150 i was near 135. I feel seemingly similar to the way this person has posted the description. I get very frustrated trying to teach other people seemingly simple stuff. At least to me. I learned and became a dive professional in a year. Something that takes people years to understand. I have never been to school for physics! I have no desire to and never will because I find it a waste of time. Yet I am able to pass classes that you need to know and understand physics for diving or at least have th experaince first hand to be able to understand.

  • babushka

    An IQ test says nothing about their intelligence. Some people have disorders while taking tests. It proves nothing.

  • babushka

    An IQ test says nothing about their intelligence. Some people have disorders while taking tests. It proves nothing.

  • babushka

    An IQ test says nothing about their intelligence. Some people have disorders while taking tests. It proves nothing.

  • James Barclay

    I wouldn’t include Marilyn vos Savant because she is so self promoting about her IQ. but I would include as top Edward Witten one of the founders of Super String Theory. So far, his is immeasurable, as is Stephen Wiles, verifier of the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. I would also include Garrett Lisi, the physicist “surfer dude”, James Carter of “Circlon Synchronicity”, Donald Knuth of the computer algorithm, Kip Thorne, theoretical physicist and friend/competitor of Stephen Hawking and porbably Alicia Witt, actor and internationally acclaimed concert pianist and 3 yr. old child star of the movie “Dune”. we haven’t even broached minds from India, the Middle East, Russia, the Czech Republic or China.

  • James Barclay

    That is the correct spelling. It is a very old English word for “bony”. I found it in an old epic tome back when I was a teenager.

  • James Barclay

    Its good to know where you are coming from, who you are, where you are and what you do.

  • James Barclay

    Hmmm. remember when Marilyn vos Savant advertised herself as having the highest recorded IQ in the world. She and Ron Hoeflin started an IQ club called “Mega”. I took the test and it was, for me, much easier than even my Navy GCT. It cost money to get in.

  • Ardeare

    I challenge any and all comers. My IQ is over 325!

  • Keith Lyding

    I find it interesting that an article on geniuses has so many grammatical errors in it…

  • dealforreal

    I bet I could walk out into the wilderness and survive. I bet none of these people could so who really is smarter ???