Top Ten Smartest People Alive

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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”

5. Rick Rosner: American TV writer Rick Rosner, the world’s fifth-smartest man, has been a stripper, roller-skating waiter, bouncer, and nude model. He pops50 pills including Omega 3 fish oil capsules, a baby Aspirin, Metformin, Metoprolol, Glisodin and Avodart to maintain his IQ of 192 and remain smarter! He infamously appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, answering a question about the altitude of capital cities incorrectly and reacting by suing the show, however unsuccessfully.

6. Gary Kasparov: Born in 1963 in Baku, in what is now Azerbaijan, Garry Kasparov is arguably the most famous chess player of all time. When he was seven, Kasparov enrolled at Baku’s Young Pioneer Palace; then at ten he started to train at the school of legendary Soviet chess player Mikhail Botvinnik. In 1980 Kasparov qualified as a grandmaster, and five years later he became the then youngest-ever outright world champion. He retained the championship title until 1993, and has held the position of world number one-ranked player for three times longer than anyone else. In 1996 he famously played with an IBM computer “Deep Blue”, winning with a score of 4–2 – although he lost to a much upgraded version of the machine the following year. In 2005 Kasparov retired from chess to focus on politics and writing. He has a reported IQ of 190.

7. Sir Andrew Wiles: Andrew Wiles born in 1953 is a British mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in number theory. He is best known for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem, for which he was awarded the 2016 Abel Prize and the 2017 Copley Medal by the Royal Society.He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000, and in 2018 was appointed as the first Regius Professor of Mathematics at Oxford.

8. Judith Polgar: Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1976, Judit Polgár is acknowledged as without doubt the best female chess player in history. Polgár was a chess-playing child prodigy and overcame her first grandmaster when she was just 11. At present, she is the only woman in the World Chess Federation’s Top 100 Players. She has also beaten nine world champions, including Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. In 1991, aged 15 and five months, Polgár won the Hungarian National Championship and became the then youngest grandmaster – eclipsing Bobby Fischer’s longstanding record by one month. Apparently, the way in which Polgár’s father raised her and her sisters was part of an experiment to prove that “geniuses are made, not born.” And considering Polgár’s reported IQ of 170 and significant accomplishments, perhaps he was on to something.

9. Paul Allen: Billionaire Paul Allen reportedly has an IQ of between 160 and 170. Allen was born in 1953 in Seattle and made friends with Bill Gates while still at school. He attended Washington State University but quit his studies in 1974 and then talked Gates into leaving Harvard. The following year, the pair founded Microsoft in New Mexico. After he was told that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, Allen stepped back from Microsoft and eventually resigned in 2000, although he remained in an advisory capacity. He is a renowned philanthropist, and his donations to science, education, conservation, the arts and technology exceed $1.5 billion. As well as being a stakeholder in technology, media and other companies, Allen owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers and part-owns MLS team the Seattle Sounders. He launched the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003 and founded space transport company Stratolaunch Systems in 2011.

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.

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