Top 10 Smartest People In History

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The Top Ten

1
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.
[Newest]I think Albert Einstein was and independent and a brilliant scientist that with hard work and determination is claimed to be the smartest person known to mankind.
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2Nikola Tesla
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.
[Newest]He was underrated and must be respected
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3Leonardo Da Vinci
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.
[Newest]Leonardo the Vinci is an inspiration
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4Isaac Newton
He hit his head with an apple and he became one of the smartest men known
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 predates the 20th century?
[Newest]He is a genius he. He is like a detective. He detects some secrets of life
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5Jesus Christ
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

[Newest]Because Jesus Christ make Humans Who of human make people its god so be good all the time
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6Stephen Hawking
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 account of the golden age of relativity, there is no doubt that Hawking stands as the most prominent physicist from that period of time. In a way he is also a Cold War icon, symbolizing the West's trump card to the often-perceived superior physics research groups in the USSR, first led by Landau and then Zeldovich. In fact Zeldovich was one of the first to suggest black hole radiation, but only in a spinning one by analogy to a spinning metal sphere. This led Hawking to develop his stunning 1974 result (one which held valid regardless of spin), leading the Soviet physicists to conclude they were wrong.

Einstein himself did not believe in black holes or quantum theory (although he contributed to the foundations of the latter, while talking to Max Planck). Hawking showed black holes exist, and took it a step further with quantum mechanics with the radiation.

All of this before he communicated his science to the public, in A Brief History of Time. No other living person can claim to be as monumental in both popular and scientific circles.

Notice in the above description, I did not mention his disability.

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
[Newest]Stephen Hawking was my inspiration of science and he was the scientist who got me into science
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7Galileo Galilei
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.
[Newest]Its good to be me

8Charles Darwin
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...
[Newest]He was proven wrong. His work was incorrect
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9Benjamin 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.
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...
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!
[Newest]I mean come on! You wouldn't be looking at these comments if it weren't for Ben Franklin. He invented electricity

10Adolf Hitler
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 represents his dedication and long-lasting love of his homeland and country.
Heil! As he is usually portray as evil demon let's skip media campaign and dig deeper, shall we.
Pros:
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 Soviet system which he almost defeated. He was right about French being lazy and tired despite having equivalent Army etc.
5. He was lucky as he escaped 30 or so assassinations.
6. He had hadn't forgotten to marry Braun in last days of life.
7. He let everyone go (Himmler, Goering, Speer... ) from surrounded Berlin although he didn't have to and addressed Speer as gentlemen wishing him farewell. Nice little touch.
[Newest]He was a real genius
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The Contenders

11Pythagoras
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.
He is a mathematical giant!
[Newest]He helped create some of math's most important theorems.

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12William Shakespeare
"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!
[Newest]God of words. Factory of phrase S. And yet to be said

13Aristotle
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)

14Muhammad
Probably the best boxer ever.
He is a pretty swell guy, I'm sure he is very handsome too, but I guess I'll never know for sure. I know for sure that he is better than everyone else on list.
He's a BrainiaC! Muhammad was a top bloke and a real player in the game.
[Newest]Best and the greatest man ever lived on earth
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15Mahatma Gandhi
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.
[Newest]He fought for the right of people in India

16Solomon
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!
KNOWN AS ONE OF THE WISEST OF MEN OF ALL TIME
He had so much swag his dick weighed a ton.
[Newest]I'm a Jew writing this and Jews are smarter than anybody else. I know Solomon should be #1 on the list. He was the smartest person who ever lived. One of the things he can do is talk to animals, they'll understand him, and talk to him back.

17Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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
" we cannot despair on mankind knowing Mozart was a man " - Albert Einstein
[Newest]How is Mozart not at least in the top 5?

18Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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!

19Thomas Edison
Edison did a lot for America and should not be in the lower half of this list. He invented many things and might have been a president of the United States of America. I am nit 100% sure because I am only in seventh grade, but still I do not know anything about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Peter Higgs and I completely disagree that Michael Jackson would be 22 places higher on this chart than Thomas Edison. And I think Abe Lincoln, one of my favorite presidents, should be so low on the list either! And this is all coming from a 13yr old girl.
Edison was a fraud! All my research shows that Edison did not invent the light bulb, he just found a way to sell it. He is known best for stealing other people's ideas and then rushing over to the patent's office to submit other people's inventions first. You people are ignorant to the truth. Thomas Edison should be condemned rather than celebrated. I'm kind of glad that Nikola Tesla (Edison's archenemy) is number one on this list. I think Edison should be on the very bottom instead.
Some smart ass kid in the Book "Maze Runner" is named after him, he should at least be in the top 20
Oh, guys he is the smartest, he is the lord of the creating
[Newest]He invented probably the best invention ever

20Ludwig 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.
[Newest]This mans music put me in touch with not god but humanity.

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