Some of the most intelligent people in the world

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Being an intelligent person is a funny thing. It is defined as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills, it one of those things that make us human. But some people are practically super-human when it comes to their level of intelligence. Here are some people who take being smart to the next level.

Stephan Hawking

British born scientist is one of the most famous scientists in the world with his work in theoretical physics. Professor Hawking has also been a champion for disabled people everywhere. Despite having an early-onset of a slow-progressing form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) it hasn’t stopped him. He has continued to teach at Cambridge University and make various TV appearances over the years on the Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory. He has also written various books including A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes and children’s books written with his daughter Lucy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

This famed American astrophysicist and cosmologist was part of the panel to demote Pluto from planet status (boo!). Neil deGrasse Tyson has become increasingly popular in the media. Known for tweeting witty comments on Twitter and taking part in Reddit’s AMA sessions were fans can ask him anything, he has also made appearances on TV including presenting the PBS educational programme NOVA ScienceNOW from 2006-2011. He has also made guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory TV show. He is currently the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

Marilyn Vos Savant-

Born in St Louis in Missouri, Marilyn became famous in 1986 when she held the title of Highest known IQ. According to the Guinness Book of Records, she has a reported score of 228. Since 1996 she has written a column for Parade Magazine called “Ask Marilyn” where readers can ask her to solve problems and puzzles. Marilyn is also a member of the IQ Society The Mega Society.

Richard Rosner

This former stripper from Boulder, Colorado has become a bit of a celebrity over the last few years after appearing on “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” on American TV. Richard has taken several different IQ tests and his repeated high scores have earnt him a place in 2013’s World Genis Directory. Richard reportedly reads for several hours a day, works out at five different gyms, and takes around 50 different vitamins and supplements a day.

Kim Ung-Yong

This former child prodigy from South Korea started studying at university level at the age of three years old. At the age of eight, he was invited to work for NASA where he continued to study and solve complex equations. When he turned sixteen he moved back to South Korea where he achieved a doctorate in civil engineering.

Michael Kearney

Hailing from Honolulu in Hawaii, this child prodigy suffered from Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD) as a child. He went on to receive his first bachelor degree at the age of ten from The University of South Alabama. He continued to study until the age of twenty-two when he earned bachelor degrees in geology, computer science, anthropology, and chemistry; along with a doctorate in chemistry. He now tests his knowledge on game shows including Gold Rush and Who wants to be a Millionaire?

Ainan Cawley

The youngest person on this list is the current child prodigy, Ainan. Having given his first lecture on chemistry at age six, he completed his GCSE in chemistry at seven years old. With an IQ of around 270, he can recite Pi to 518 decimal places. His father currently blogs about Ainan’s progress on his blog, The Boy Who Knew Too Much.


Nadia Camukova

Born in Moscow in Russia, Nadia can out speak most people as she is fluent in seven languages; Russian, English, French, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and German. That’s not including the eight different Turkish dialects she can speak too. Her IQ is reportedly 200 and the Brain Research Institute in Russia have claimed that she has the highest IQ in the world. She currently teaches in Turkey at Bahçeşehir University.

Terence Tao

Born in Adelaide in Australia, Terence showed great promise from an early age when he began solving simple arithmetic at two years old. When he was thirteen years old in 1988, he became the youngest person to receive a gold medal in International Mathematical Olympiad history. He has since gone on to receive a doctorate from Princeton and currently teaches mathematics at UCLA. He has received many awards for his research and was recently awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in 2014.

Michael Grost

Michael was only ten years old when he started studying at MSU in 1964. Having earned his Bachelors and Masters degree from Michigan State University, and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He has gone on to write mystery fiction and enjoys painting in his spare time. In 2005, he was working at a computer company in Detroit as a system architec.

Edith Stern

From five years old, young Edith was able to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. This might be due partly to her high intelligence scores or because her father announced to a press conference that he planned to mould his daughter into the perfect human being the day after she was born. Edith has went on to become a distinguished engineer for IBM since she began working there in the 1970’s.

Sho Yano

Born in 1990 in Portland, Oregon, Sho showed great promise at an early age. His mother reportedly encouraged him greatly and provided him with support so that he could achieve his goals. When he was eight years old, he sat the SAT and scored an impressive 1500 out of 1600. He is now a physician and is currently a pediatric neurology resident at the University of Chicago.

Dylan Jones

Having graduated at the age of 16 with a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science and a minor in bioengineering and life sciences, and went on to study at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has since continued his studies by studying to be a neurosurgeon at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. When he is not studying science in it’s various forms, he studies languages including Latin, Russian, German, French, and Spanish.

Christopher Langan

Born in San Francisco, California this weight lifter and self taught genius has IQ of around 180. Despite all of his studying, Christopher wanted to work as a doorman and bouncer rather than pursue an academic career. He continued to work and study throughout his adult life on the Cognitive Theoretic model of the Universe.

Edward Witten

Born in 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, Edward is a highly respected and noted theoretical physicist who has pioneered work on string theory and quantum gravity. In 2004 Edward was included in Time magazine’s top 100 people as an influential person, and in 1982 he was awarded the MacArthur Grant.

Ruth Lawrence

Having received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the age of thirteen from Oxford University in England in 1985, Ruth has continued to push the boundaries of mathematics. The branch of mathematics which she works in is said to be so complex and mind blowing, it will take years for science and technology to catch up with her and have a practical use for what she is doing.

Noam Chomsky

Born in Philadelphia in 1928, Noam has been hailed as the father of modern linguistics. When he isn’t teaching, he is writing and now has over 100 books written. He gained media attention in the 1950’s when he began challenging many of the ideas and theories found in psychology and pointed out that many psychologists do not consider language in their studies. He has received numerous awards from Universities and institutions across the world for his work in politics, human sciences, and Ethics.

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