Top Ten Smartest People Living in 2013


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The Top Ten

Stephen Hawking
Totally agree. This man has some serious brain muscles!


He's a genius even though he's like that
He should be number one smartest ever
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2Christopher Hirata
Totally the smartest... why I don't know... heh
At age 3, he entertained himself, at the grocery story, by calculating the total bill of items in his parent's shopping cart, item-by-item, by weight, quantity, discounts, and sales tax; youngest medalist ever (age 13) of the International Physics Olympiad; age 14, entered Caltect and two years later began working with NASA on a project exploring the possibility of colonizing Mars; age 16 cited with IQ of 225; age 17 penned a “Physics of Relationships” theory based on chemical thermodynamics, chemistry, quantum mechanics, and people defined as reactive molecules; age 23, Princeton PhD on weak gravitational lensing; currently working on the "dark matter" and the "accelerating universe" problems jointly at CalTech and Ohio University. Top 10 Smartest Person Alive (2012).


3Murray Gell-Mann
Taught himself calculus at age 7; in 1961, he (and Kazuhiko Nishijima) to introduce a classification scheme for hadrons, elementary particles that participate in the strong interaction; in 1964, he and George Zweig, independently, went on to postulate the existence of quarks” (a term coined by Gell-Mann), particles of which hadrons are composed; co-founded the Santa Fe Institute think tank; typically ranked in the top 50 greatest physicists of all time.


4Edward Witten
Ed Witten is the smartest man in human history. Hawking is overrated and just a media figure.
The true successor of Einstein.
Known for string theory, quantum gravity, quantum field theory; first physicist to be awarded a Fields Medal (1990); named by Time (2004) as world’s greatest living theoretical physicist. Frequently cited and or mentioned in smartest person ever discussions.


5Frederick Sanger
One of four people (including Curie, Pauling, and Bardeen) to have ever one two Nobel Prizes; one for the structure of the insulin molecule; the other for virus nucleotide sequencing; quote: “I and my colleagues have been engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. ”


6Bill Gates
How is Messi on this list?!
Changed the way people live
Founded Microsoft, at age 20, so that he could, in his own words, “write really interesting software that lots of people would buy”.


7Grigori Perelman
Famously turned down the Fields Medal, after solved the Poincare conjecture in 2006, the most famous open problem in topology.


8Terence Tao
Former child prodigy; cited with IQ of 211-230; known for: mathematics, green "tao theorem; Fields Medal age 31; Top 10 Smartest Person Alive (2012).


9Warren Buffett
His financial intelligence is that of a genius
At age 16, had read at least one hundred books on business; shortly thereafter, he entered the Wharton School of Finance, wherein upon arrival he reported that ‘he knew more than the professors’; from 1965 to 2005 has produced an annual average return of 21.5%, a feat unsurpassed, becoming, along with Gates, one of the world's top five wealthiest persons.


10Benjamin Carson
Raised by a illiterate single mother he would go on to become one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons of the world; director of pediatric neurosurgery of Johns Hopkins by 33; and in 1987, made medical history by being the first surgeon in the world to successfully separate siamese twins (the Binder twins) conjoined at the back of the head.


Not only smart but an overabundance of common sense

The Contenders

11Lionel Messi
He's smart because he don't ask for attention like Cristiano Ronaldo do
He's a smart dude and so very calm
A champion... And quitE living

12Steven Weinberg

13Iggy Pop

14Michio Kaku

15Marky Ramone

16Magnus Carlsen

17Cristiano Ronaldo
He is also smart not matter

18Sage the Gemini
Unfortunately suffered serious brain damage due to a drug overdose.
Not smart asss above chomsky lmfao

19Kip Thorne

20Tommy Ramone

21Sarah Palin
When all the other politicians are corrupt fools, Sarah Palin stands up for America. She knows that every day is the right day to "drill, baby drill", and she would never raise taxes on the wealthy. I salute you Sarah Palin for being a true American.

22Bruce Springsteen
No one writes better and smarter lyrics bot even bob Dylan

23Lady Gaga

24Johann Sebastian Bach

25Roger Federer

26Elain Guo

27Elaine Guo

28The Queen of England

As well as being a really awesome sunger, she has an IQ of 140! The average is 90, if you fall below 70 then you have mental problems. But over 125 is considered superior intelligence. Shakira has 140. And, let's be fair, she is super hot.

30Neil deGrasse Tyson

31Alexander Romero
This is ME I have an IQ of 144 I knew 3 languages by the time I was four years old.

32Robert Downey Jr.

33Noam Chomsky

34Richard Dawkins

35Daniel Dennett

36Marilyn Vos Savant

37Brian Cox

38Ozzy Osbourne

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