Top 10 Smartest People In History


The Top Ten

1 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein

Once in a great while there comes along a human with the right arrangement of brain cells and life choices and experiences whom is capable of helping the human race advance along the scale of civilization to use the energy contained within the very fabric of the universe. Also where's Tesla?

He revolutionized the entire science community in his free time

It makes me sad seeing Jesus ahead of Einstein. Religion in front of science.

Jesus was nonetheless a very intelligent who managed to become immortal, however he is no way near the top 10 most intelligent person in history, keep in mind that this is a list that's assessing intelligence, your religious beliefs should not cloud your judgement.

He was the one to discover dark matter

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2 Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, X rays, Radio, Remote Control, Laser, and electric motors . Tesla developed and more.

Nikola Tesla is an under-rated and forgotten genius. Einstein was amazingly intelligent but he was assisted by his very intelligent wife and and an assistant. Nikola Tesla was a complete lone wolf. He had a great memory, amazing visualization, and was years ahead of his time. He invented the modern world as we know it with an amazing 700 patents. He was an amazingly open-minded mind. He in my opinion is the greatest genius ever. He probably could have single handily destroyed the world. Amazing man!

The man ahead of time. One of the most intelligent person in History of human kind.

Without his work on AC electicity, life as we know it today would not be possible.

Before you get into the Light Bulb, this man predicted WiFi. What are you connected to when you are using the internet? Case closed

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3 Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, more.

He was centuries ahead of his time. CENTURIES. Not decades. He is the first to research the mechanics of human anatomy. And the way he presented his knowledge of it wasn't possible for us until we got the technology several decades ago. He correctly theorized geographic time while everyone else still believed in the Great Flood. And not only was he a genius in science but also in engineering and art. He is the definition of genius. Yes Einstein was amazing. But remember the Vinci had none of the technology or schooling of modern times. All he had, was an unquenchable curiosity for EVERYTHING.

Not only was he a great inventor, but he also was a brilliant artist who often painted fictional characters (See Above. I'm guessing he never painted Muhammad... )

We can't determine Jesus intellect so it's wrong to place him on top. It's an opinion to say he was Gods son...
Einstein was smart but only in one area. Leonardo was truly a multi genius only born in the wrong century.

He is the most well-rounded renaissance man that we know of. He is absolutely brilliant. He was great in many different fields, but he wasn't just great he was arguably one of the best in each field. No one else has been able to do that, before or since. He is #1. Albert Einstein learned from Johann Goethe, who was his tutor (indirectly). Einstein had all of Goethe's books. Nikola Tesla is under-rated, and he changed the world which is truly unbelievable. He was well-rounded, but I'd say the Vinci was more well-rounded (when you look at what they studied) than Tesla. the Vinci is the best guys, no offense.

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4 Isaac Newton Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton PRS was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.

He hit his head with an apple and he became one of the smartest men known

No. He saw an apple hit the ground and that made him interested in gravity. - DontMakeARookieMistake

He single handedly invented calculus, one of the most important tools in mathematics, and composed a model of the universe that we still use today to make predictions about how things should work

Knowledge is man's greatest treasure, and this man greatly expanded human knowledge and has paved the way for so many others, including so many side disciplines. Other geniuses such as Planck, Einstein and Bohr have built their theories upon the foundation that Newton laid in centuries ago. It is unimaginable to think how much he's accomplished in the first quarter-century of his life. Leonardo the Vinci is his close second.

By the way, people who vote for Hitler should have their priorities sorted out. If conquest, manipulation and ability to govern large empires should be valued above all others (such as thirst for knowledge and the desire to share it with others) in measuring intelligence, why don't you mention Alexander The Great, or Nebuchadnezzar, or Genghis Khan, or Peter The Great, or Ivan The Terrible, or Napoleon? All of them have "accomplished" much more, and shaped the human history in a much greater way than 'ol Adolf. Or, are people unable to recall history that ...more

All other geniuses stood on the shoulders of giants to lay groundwork for their discoveries, Newton and only Newton started at ground zero and with only 20 percent of his interest and effort invented the very foundation's of modern physics, he was so brilliant he invented the very tools to mere out his discoveries. Please, all that came after wouldn't have the very foundation's of modern science to discover squat.

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5 Jesus Christ Jesus Christ Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He was born to Mary, as the bible says "she was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18). He was both man and God (John 20:28). According to the bible He is God alone (Deuteronomy 6:4). more.

The first man to do magic tricks that tricked many people for many years!

It's a miracle, not magic. He was and is God. Magic is an illusion. Miracles are not.

There are none wiser than Jesus Christ.

We have none of his writings, only the word of others, that doesn't seem very smart.

This list is a joke, all these scientist and artists were good but can't compares with jesus, they didn't bring good message and love in the world, hitler was simply a evil who wanted to kill people, and the others smarts but didn't know enough, scientist know just 3% of the truel of the life

Is isn't a list of who brought a message of love to the world, this is a list of the smartest people in the world. - EGBrett

Jesus is the only one who endured the grave and is risen savior beyond human comprehension he is omnipotent,omnipresent all knowing creator of your thoughts and brains that make you come up with list hence, there is none like him

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6 Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei, was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance.

The only comment I have on Galileo's genius, is his genius for astronomy, b he invented the telescope, and I am not atheist, but to be god's son you don't have to be intelligent, however, either way, Galileo was the most smartest human being alive, in my opinion

First of all, Galileo only improved upon an earlier invention to make his telescope. I would argue that he is a genius at all. Most of his life he spend trying to gain wealth by selling his telescopes. Then one day, when he happens to gaze into the night sky he made an very important discovery. It was then that he actually started Perusing science. But of course the church condemned him and forced him to give up his work. But overall, he is an important figure in history but he also happens to be in the right place at the right time. I don't really think that he is a genius.

This guy had a brain for astronomy, I'm a major astronomy fan, and every night when I go outside with my telescope, I thank him for inventing the telescope. Galileo is my major idol, and I believe he should have a way better position on this list

Come on.. I shouldn't have to explain.

I love to watch stars by a instrument what u invent

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7 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

I do not dispute that Newton and Einstein are undoubtedly the science giants and Shakespeare the art giant. But I have to vote for Hawking, and let me explain why.

Stephen Hawking is admired by many, but not necessarily for the same reasons. Let's start off with what he was originally known for: his research in relativity in the late 1970's. Using the results of Einstein, he used sophisticated mathematical methods with Penrose to show that singularities are not mathematical artifacts, but in fact are real and generic. That is, black holes are real, and he concluded this well before the identification of Cygnus X-1.

In 1974, Hawking sent shock waves throughout the physics world with his achievement that black holes radiate. The result provided mankind's first glimpse ever of uniting quantum theory with general relativity, which before this time seemed irreconcilable; it has also set the direction for theoretical physics ever since.

If you read Kip Thorne's ...more - Kingzoid

He's contemporary, living in our time and has a very creative mind. Basically he can build off all the other scientific info gathered and come to more exact conclusions.

Stephen should be 2 cause he invented so many things and has proven most of Einstein's theories true

An amazing man with an unfortunate condition.

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8 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and was a central figure of more.

Though his motivation was evil, he was indeed brilliantly manipulative, and because of this combination of both brilliance and world impact, he deserves to be on this list.

This famous man is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, planners and executors of ideas in all of humanity. His speaking capabilities were moving, inspiring, and outstanding, and partly resulted in the mindset shift that was part of the creation of an economic and geopolitical world power in an extremely short timespan. The other factor in creating this unimaginably strong and productive empire came from his abilities of organizing and creating industries and ideas that were absolutely ingenious and successful to his nation. These factors resulted in an influence and change in the world that had never been unmatched, and to this day has not been unmatched in any way. No one in the history of the world has been effective in producing such a strong, patriotic, and energetic country as him; his ability to make all who listened to him rise up to the benefit of their homeland is truly unique. Additionally, he was a brilliant painter and architect, whose creativity is admirable and ...more

Heil! As he is usually portray as evil demon let's skip media campaign and dig deeper, shall we.
1. He rallied German people, economy and created powerful country - so very good manager.
2. He had gift for selecting right people for right job. For example it is difficult to find better man for propaganda than Goebels, better man for secret police and execution than Himmler, better minister of war time economy than Speer. Not to mention he HANDPICKED Rommel and Manstein from relative anonymity and propelled them into limelight as field marshals! This was perhaps his biggest asset.
3. He was no coward. His WW1 record proves that having obtained Iron Cross on battlefield and almost blind after gas attack.
4. His intuition was second to none. He predicted nobody will interfere with rearming, breaking Versailes, recapturing Alsas, Austria and Czech. He knew that France demanded different strategy and found Manstein who gave it to him etc. He was right about rotten ...more

A genius and an idiot at the same time

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9 Charles Darwin Charles Darwin Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.

Charles darwin was an intelligent man with his ideas of evolution and animals on how they adapt to their surroundings such as when a bird is on a and island their later generations will change according to food supply and food to collect by changing their beak structure

Someone who used his brain to think up a theory with scientific evidence behind it unlike certain other (likely imaginary) individuals on this list.

These individuals aren't imaginary. Historians agree that Jesus existed. Same goes with Muhammad, Buddha, etc. - ethanmeinster

Is this like a prank or something? Or is this list just the most inaccurate list on the planet? Charles Darwin came up with the theory of evolution which none of us would have come up without him. I can't believe Charles Darwin is number 7! And yet that is my lucky number...

Evolution is the truth whether you like it or not. Truth has been revealed people!

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10 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin was a genius in many area not just one or two. Science, literature, politics, invention, people skills and leadership are all areas in which he was the authority. He was not a genius for hire, He had principals and worked to change the things he deemed important. He changed the world.

A genius. He invented the glass armonica, a better postal system, the lightening rod, he helped create the U. S, and he was morally wise also! In his later life he campaigned to abolish slavery! Next to George Washington he may have been the greatest American of all time!

For as the student of a high school in here the Philippines many things happen to Benjamin Franklin in his life that a kind of person is very nice and why because of his knowledge & wisdom he can do what he want and also the potential he use during the rainy days no matter from him if it a strong rainy on that night... He must go to the Pennsylvania he was to attend a meeting but on his personality a was look like beggar... But he didn't matter on him what appearance he has... For him on his ability and determination he use is important to me...

He was possibly the smartest man he was also a brilliant philosipher

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The Newcomers

? Robert Koch Robert Koch Robert Heinrich Hermann Koch (11 December 1843 – 27 May 1910) was a celebrated German physician and pioneering microbiologist. As the founder of modern bacteriology, he is known for his role in identifying the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax and for giving experimental more.
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Scored an extremely high score on the German Mensa test. - BustaJimes

The Contenders

11 Pythagoras Pythagoras Pythagoras of Samos was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and the putative founder of the movement called Pythagoreanism.

His name sounds like a dinosaur.

He found one of the most astounding mathemathical thing in the world it was so ahead of its time it had to be covered up.

I fear he is at this position because people are ignorant of his achievements, which required both calm persistent logic, and free flowing unstoppable creativity.

There should be pokemon of the same name

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12 Aristotle Aristotle Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece.

He organized and systematized knowledge in several areas, he invented and systematized logic as science, as well as psychology, physics, metaphysics, biology, and literary theory.

One need only survey his least weighty works, the Poetics and On Rhetoric, to be stunned at Aristotle's stunning genius. With many of his specific notions I do not concur, but the elegance of presentation, the diamond sharp choice of example and subject, the beauty and breadth of his argumentation, his spectacular choice of division and sectioning, render Aristotle the most far reaching and incisive thinker, as a mind considered for its individual powers, irrespective of the veracity or falsity of its particular conclusions, in Western history.

Aristotle was an acknowledged genius in a variety of fields. He wrote some 200 treatises dealing with philosophy, logic, many categories of science and human relationships. His general philosophy relating to ethics and natural law formed the basis of much of what is now know as Western Civilization. His teaching methods are still followed in many respects. He was the third in a line of 3 of the 4 most brilliant philosophers ever known---Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. (Aquinas being the 4th)

He invented the elevator which is very complicated

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13 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. "
Literally every piece of modern literature (since the Elizabethan age) can be traced back to Shakespeare. His words are embedded inside each of our subconsciouses. He is the epitome of greatness.

William Shakespeare was a genius. How does an uneducated man write millions of plays, poems, books, sonnets, and make millions? Shakespeare knows the answer to that one. If you are looking for genius, look at him. And also he lived in a time when there was a great risk of being killed if he ever slightly offended the king. He was able to be funny and he knew which people to pick on to please the king. That takes genius.

Understood human nature better than anyone. Could summarise a thought, and a whole range of emotions in a single sentence. And has influenced the English language more than anyone. We quote Shakespeare every hour of every day, and don't even realise it. He's wired into our psyche. A true genius!

He invented 2000 words in english phenomenal

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14 Solomon

Solomon asked God for wisdom over anything else... Not just wisdom but wisdom to lead the people that God put him in charge over as King. He was given wisdom above and beyond any man past present or future. Read it in 2 Chronicles 1:8-13 Also realize that WISDOM is not what you might think it is completely there is wisdom from the world and from GOD... Read James 3:17 THANKS and God Bless!


Solomon was noted to be the wisest man ever. We can only assume by his accomplishments that he had one of the highest IQs ever!

Jesus Christ should be the first, then following would be Solomon since god gave him the intelligence and wisdom to rule a country fairly, Solomon was the wisest man (remember man)on earth. Following I believe would be King David

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15 Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

His ways and thoughts are something that can be used for your whole life. He lived a simple life, while wearing simple clothing but became famous globally and helped India get independence from the mighty British empire. He also fought against apartheid in south Africa. Though he had many haters and still has hates today, he kept going and his revolution of non- violence is sill in use today.

New thoughts and ideas in an era of violence and might is right. Undid what the colonial powers took centiries to put in place, all by his words.

Gandhi was able to do what few have done in history. He liberated India, a nation of millions without lifting his fist. His tactics shook the mighty British empire.

He is the most greatest man in the world who teach world that peace is the strongest arm in the world

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16 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

" we cannot despair on mankind knowing Mozart was a man " - Albert Einstein

He revolutionized music in a way no one else could of. He wrote over 40 symphonies by the time he was 35. Plus, if you listen to his music, people say you will get smarter. Some of his most famous works are Requiem, Rondo Alla Turca, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and much more.

A well trained piano player and a genius. He should be number one

He have many music's like Symphony that even you will love it

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17 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and more.

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, the picture of Einstein's personal library must be worth at least 10,000 words, because among his books, the name GOETHE was the most representative author. The day that Willard Gibbs becomes synonymous with Johann If a picture is worth a 1000 words, the picture of Einstein's personal library must be worth at least 10,000 words, because among his books, the name GOETHE was the most representative author (52 books in total). The day that Willard Gibbs becomes synonymous with Johann Goethe, will be the day that everyone understands why Goethe is #1 beyond anyone the future has yet to produce. Goethe, will be the day that everyone understands why Goethe is #1 beyond anyone the future has yet to produce.

Among us smart folk, Einstein is considered "a little slow", and Hawking "means well", but you have to be a little clever just to appreciate the accomplishments of Goethe.

He had a used vocabulary of about 50,000 words! Twice Shakespeare! He was claimed to know all the knowledge availible in his life time! He was Poet, he wrote simple love poems, Profound Philosophical Poems and Scientific Theories. He was Poet, Lawyer, Botanist, Politician and Civil Servant Servant, Physicist, Zoologist, Landscape Painter and Theatre Manager. In addition Philosopher, whose perception was unbelievabley sharp!

He has been claimed to be the Greatest German Mind that has Ever Lived!

Goethe is the definition of a true genius. It is harder to name an area where he was not an expert rather than those in which he was.

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18 Thomas Edison Thomas Edison

Why vote for him? He is a jerk. He did not help Nikola Tesla on AC current and did not make smart choices. How do you think this maniac became the best inventor. His DC current idea is stupider than stupid. He made everyone think that AC is dangerous when the truth is the the TOTAL OPPOSITE!

Edison should not be on this list. Edison stole the idea for the lightbulb and used it to make money. That is nothing but fraud.

This guy indeed made lightbulb popular and helped many people but he did it to just benefit himself, Science is about helping others as we evolve not to get what others have to benefit yourself, boo Thomas boo.

What the heck is this! Edison on 19, you are gotta be kidding me. He is the only person who changed the world with phonograph, telegraph and the light bulb. He is the only ones who did 100 inventions which failed. He is the king of inventors, he should be after Jesus.

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19 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven

One of the greatest genius I think, because he could made over 150 pieces of music when he was deaf, all of them are outstanding

Mathamatical genius! Wrote symphonies as a child and while deaf

He's smart because he can create musical pieces even though he's deaf. Pretty cool actually.

He learned the piano by him self and the best pianist all the time by himself!

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20 Plato Plato Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Set the stage for Western metaphysics for the next 2500 years or so. Only Kant comes close to Plato's significance.

Founded modern theories and common ideas as we know it. And this was also when technology was young,

Had an awesome mind. should be in top 10

Platonic love is not yet dead.

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