Being smart might not be referred to as a choice in life. It comes naturally. In rare cases such as in Judith Polgar’s case; you can be smart when you go through the correct disciplines for being smart starting from childhood. However, factboyz brings to you ten smart people who truly possess intimidating genius abilities that will shock you.
1. Terence Tao (born 17 July 1975) is an Australian-American mathematician who has worked in various areas of mathematics. He currently focuses on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic combinatorics, arithmetic combinatorics, geometric combinatorics, compressed sensing and analytic number theory. With an whooping IQ of 230, Terence Tao, 42, was teaching 5-year-olds how to spell and how to add numbers – he was 2. When he was just 10 years of age, he began participating in International Mathematical Olympiads and won a bronze in 1986, silver in 1987 and gold in 1988, becoming the youngest ever gold medalist in the Mathematical Olympiad. By the time he was 16, he had earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree – he got his Ph.D. at 20. He is currently a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
2. Christopher Hirata: Hirata, was considered a child prodigy, at a young age of 13 years old he won the gold medal in 1996 at the International Physics Olympiad.He is reputed to have a verified IQ of 225! He studied physics at Caltech from the age of 14 to 18, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2001. He did research at the age of 16 for NASA on the colonization of Mars and received his PhD under the supervision of Uros Seljak in 2005 from Princeton University in Astrophysics (thesis: “Weak Gravitational Lensing Theory and Data Analysis”). From 2005 to 2007 he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study. From 2006 to 2012 he was assistant professor and then full professor at Caltech before moving to the Ohio State University the following academic year in the same capacity. He is currently a professor at OSU’s Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP).
3. Kim Ung-yong: Kim was born on March 8, 1962 in Seoul, South Korea. His father was a physics professor and his mother was a medical professor. By the time he was one year old, Kim had learned both the Korean alphabet and 1,000 Chinese characters by studying the Thousand Character Classic! A 6th-century Chinese poem. At a young age of three years old, he was able to solve calculus problems, and he also published a best-selling book of his essays in English and German, as well as his calligraphy and illustrations. By the age of five, Kim could speak Korean, English, French, German and Japanese! NASA sponsored him to study physics at the University of Colorado when he was just 8 years old! In 2010, Kim criticized the idea that he is a “failed genius” and additionally said, “Some think people with a high IQ can be omnipotent, but that’s not true. Look at me, I don’t have musical talent, nor am I excelling in sports. […] Society should not judge anyone with unilateral standards – everyone has different learning levels, hopes, talents, and dreams and we should respect that.
4. Christopher Langan: Christopher Michael Langan (born March 25, 1952) is an American independent scholar known for his claim of having a very high IQ. Once known as the smartest man in America, has an IQ reported to be between 195 and 210. Langan scored a perfect score in SAT even thought he slept his way through the exam. This genius has developed a theory of the relationship between mind and reality which he calls the “Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe”. Although he believes in God and the afterlife, Langan does not belong to any religious denomination, explaining that he “can’t afford to let [his] logical approach to theology be prejudiced by religious “dogma”
10. Edward Witten: He is a scientist recognized for his research contributions to string theory, M-theory, quantum gravity and supersymmetry. Born in Baltimore in 1951, Witten was originally a history major at Massachusetts’ Brandeis University, attaining his bachelor’s degree in 1971. Five years later he obtained a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton after first earning a master’s degree from the same school. Witten has been described as “the most brilliant physicist of his generation” and “the world’s greatest living theoretical physicist.” In 2004 TIME magazine included him on its annual rundown of the 100 most influential people in the world. Although he is a physicist, Witten has had a major effect on mathematics, and he has a slew of awards to his name, including the Fields Medal, the Dirac Prize, the Albert Einstein Medal and the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics. He is currently a professor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study.