Greatest Minds In History

The Top Ten

1 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 used ...read more.

Everything around us in our modern world is because of the genius of Tesla. He DID NOT cower to "robber barons" for monetary gain and/or celebrity.
He loved humanity and worked for the betterment of ALL! And thus, the "robber barons" destroyed him.
Expand ones mind, read a biography of Nikola Tesla, genius extraordinaire!

He is the only one greatest man I've ever heard about. His great invention that made the world much smaller... Although his papers couldn't be processed for practice.. Still he is great for all

The present is there's. The future for I really worked is mine.

So glad he is recognized for his genius

It hard to compare tesla to Einstein or Hawking. Tesla with what he had to work with attained an understanding of electricity that was so far ahead of his peers that even today we don't fully get it. A lot of what he said still seems like madness but every few years it turns out another thing he said was right. He is most likely one of the best alien glitch candidates on the basis of how else could you explain this guy.

He was too unknown for his time, and people should use his genius more to draw his full potencial

2 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

The photoelectric electric effect, relativity and the special theory of relativity, any one of his theories would have booked his name in the hall of fame of physics.

Discovered the unlimited source of energy, and to his theory of the speed of light. We don't age if we run faster than the speed of light.

A German-Swiss Nobel laureate, the father of modern physics he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, the author of the special theory of relativity

Albert Einstein is greatest mind ever as he understood geometry of space-time which is not at all easy stuff, I mean you can do math like newton and formulate laws but it only need to master in a technique but to really think and understand nature through imagination is very tough indeed.

3 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.

Newton discovered a major part of Optics (mainly that white light is made out of rainbow colors... How does that work for the artist work? ). He discovered the Laws of Motion. He discovered Universal Gravitation. And then one day one of his friends comes up to him and ask "Why are the orbits of the planets elliptic and not circular? ", "I don't know... I'll come back to you in a few months" Newton said. A couple of months later Newton comes back to his friend "You see the elliptic orbits are sections of a cone cut in slices", "And how did you come up with that? " his friend asked. Newton answered "Oh I had to create Differential and Integral Calculus to do it". And then he turned 26! LMAO

Newtons accomplishments read like something out of a religious text as opposed to a normal human, same with Einstein but I think Newton for his time was greater

Isaac Newton definitely should be number 1. Before Newton science virtually didn't exist. His intelligence seems to have been super human. Which is probably more than you can say about any of the other geniuses listed here.

Second or third, Archimedes or Einstein.

This man, quite frankly, invented physics. He also shared in the creation (or representation, to those who believe that mathematics is a discovery and not an invention) of Calculus, a branch of mathematics that changed everything and opened the gates to higher branches of mathematics and physics.

4 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, ...read more.

I feel the Vinci had a mind with more practical applications for every day life. A mind more easily understood by the average man. Some of the others, think so broadly I am sure bits and pieces of all their theories will be disproved as we learn more and more about the universe. The Vinci's thoughts could be more easily adapted to & adopted but any generation.

A master of every field he touched, the Vinci questioned authority and combined the smartest practices if the world during a time when it was believed that all knowledge as already known, creativity was the work of God and anything else was blasphemy. Artist, inventor, war strategist, philosopher, thinker, and great athlete (he was famous for his ability to fence and bend steel with his bare hands), the Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance man, the likes of which there had never been before and there hasn't been since.

Leonardo the Vinci as an artist, inventor and engineer among other things was truly and extraordinary mind. I don't think we will ever see a man that creatively intelligent and bright in this world. He is the creator and founder of so many useful products and theories, most of which he hasn't been credited for. I feel his history has been repressed and people forget about his true contributions to our modern day society and just label him as a painter without knowing that he was so much more.

A great mind in many fields, the Vinci is still referred to as the father of invention. Wright Brothers? Ha! He was the one who constructed the first flying machine (or at the least, designed). Whatever he put his hands to he excelled at. As an artist, he created the finest piece of art in history, the Mona Lisa. As a scientist, he founded many methods we still use today. This man was a genius, perhaps the greatest in history, and the Renaissance period can't agree more.

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

He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution

How Muhammed can be viewed as having a greater mind than Darwin is beyond me! Our understanding of biology, anthropology, paleontology stem from his work on evolution. Yes Muhammad was a great man but by no means was his mind greater than Darwins for he wouldn't be able to comprehend the world in the way Darwin could.

Changed *everything* about how we view the creation of a species. Amazing mind.

Darwin saw clearly in a time of ignorance and religious prejudice. A very clever human being and a great scientist

6 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.

A child prodigy all right who was autistic back then he's a very unique being during that era

7 Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

Stephen hawking is easily the greatist human mind the earth has ever seen to date. Don't get me wrong there are many others that shaped the world we know, but he is current on the leading edge of what's really going on out there. He's proved that for example some of einestiens equations and theories don't fully apply to the grand scheme of things. Yea they work very well for what the earth has used them for for years. But Stephen has found the existence of a world (figuratively speaking) that when you apply Einsteins equations, they become erratic and fall apart. Stephens theories are so far beyond anything anybody has yet to even imagine. He will most likely be the greatist mind this earth will ever see. ( and he won't be succesed only because "some" currently "unknown" source will be the cause of the human race won't survive long enough for a successor to emerge) he probably couldn't have done it without the many others before him but he understands so much more beyond what any of ...more

Oh my God. He is just not human. A man who cannot talk, or walk or move any part of his body and yet, as he would put it, " in my mind I am free". His principles and theories, his computations so unassailable,at least for the next century,his findings so groundbreaking. One of the only couple of people who understand einsteins relativity in full. He has even disproved its universal application! He just showed me how the universe can "create itself out of nothing", and a time " when there shall be no time". I just love him. I am into philosophy but I can't help but make him my role model!

He discovered that the black hole has a type of radiation named after him which is called hawking radiation and the black hole of being such an inescapable binding force.

Inspirational person. When he speaks about something, you listen. I am very grateful to be alive when he is, his moment in time will be an important moment in time. I can say I was there too!

8 Paul Dirac

One of the best mathematical physicists of the 20th century!

REALLY GREAT

9 Muhammad Muhammad (570 AD - 632 AD) was an Arabian Prophet, best known as the central figure (and last prophet) of the Abrahamic religion of Islam and is amongst the most revered and important historical figures in the world.

This is the man that not only gave the world something to believe in but also showed the world how to achieve great success. This is the only man on this list who has had an effect on all spheres of life. Not a single one of his prophecies to this day have been proven false. Each and every word in the book which was brought down on to him have been proven to be true, word for word...!

Muhammed was not a genius nor a man of peace. He was an impulsive and manipulative conqueror who preyed on the minds of weak men through faith and liked to diddle kids.

For his followers, he is the last messenger of God (Allah in Islam and monotheistic religions). However, what makes him is not this side, possibly. His humbleness while equating human in rich and poor and guiding them for social equity in a society of of clans makes him as great history maker with vision ever I believe.

The man that changed the history

10 Aryabhata Aryabhata or Aryabhata I was the first of the major mathematician-astronomers from the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy.

Creator of first Number is Called 0(Zero). Because of this person.

One of the greatest minded person ever in life of universe.

Greatest genius...
Dear solving an equation is simple
But giving a new number 0
Damn this man rocks!

To be creative and flexible in thinking to grasp such an ubiquitous concept as math is incredible all be itself.

The Contenders

11 Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. ...read more.

To know yourself...know him...one of the greatest teacher ever to take birth...with incomparable discriminating ability...a flawless command over english... a orator like no other...whose little influence is enough to change the course of anyone's life...The very embodiment of fearlessness...THE WARRIOR SAINT.

Energized the youths of India... Most active person on earth at his times..

He combined the best of all major faiths via. ,Vedantic thoughts, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism etc and worked for real advancement of humanism.

Revived Youth & exuberance of HUMANITY

12 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Brilliant political mind, inventor, writer, publisher, scientist, world traveled, created postal service, fire departments, etc

13 Archimedes Archimedes of Syracuse was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer.

Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity

Archimedes is the best in my opinion. Even for his time, such inventions and mathematics reshaped the world of knowledge. Better than any other mind. imagine before christ and you found much before any other great mind which is why this man should be praised.

This list is certainly laughable, but if it to include those outside of the realm of science, it should certainly include military and political strategists, and philosophers. From the Ancient Greek world there's none before Aristotle.

Archimedes invented the pulley! Several of his inventions are still used today, in my opinion he was brilliant, everyone that came after him, stood on his shoulders.

14 Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

Even though Freud's theories can't be scientifically proven, they are fascinating! It's a tough job to try to develop a theory that attempts to explain human thought processes and behaviors for our crazy human race

One of the greatest minds in Psychology.

I was wanting to vote Freud down, but I now assume voting up is the only option. :-(

We can't understand the world before understanding ourselves.

15 Richard Feynman Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics for which he proposed the ...read more.
16 Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Absolutely right, he is the greatest person India has. His work might have contributed a little to the world (because of Indian situations at that time), but India witnessed his greatness since independence and will.

He was truly a master in all fields from philosophy, to law, to anthropology, to social sciences, no field which he was a master & that is great feat in one lifetime.

He is the greatest person on the planet, I have ever heard. He changed the lives of millions of people of India which no one could change for thousands years. Whatever I am today is because of him, not because of any other person.

He is one of the grat and brilliant people in the world and specially India

17 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.

Coming in at 19. Just shows people need to read a book or two. Easily number 1, 2 or 3.

Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations

He proved something that people didn't believe in his time, he was a genius

Greatest scientist ever had in universe...

18 Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.

Many people misinterpret his work on only take snippets of what he's meaning to say. His work is, in reality, much more than Western society makes it out to be. His work, while not a "must like" is a must read for anyone who wants to know about knowledge itself.

One of the smartest men of all time.

Nietzsche was a prophet

Way ahead of his time. Releavs the truth about our rotten society.

19 Karl Marx Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist. Born in Trier to a middle-class family, Marx studied law and Hegelian philosophy.

Greatest thinker of all time.

Should be on the top.

KARL MARX AS A ROMANTIC... HE DEFINED THAT THE RELIGION IS OPIUM OF LIFE

20 Srinivasa Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician and autodidact who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions

Do some due diligence on this guy folks! The greatest mathematician in the history of humanity!

Absolute brilliance

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

One of the first great minds to have lived on this earth.

I wouldn't even venture to speculate as to his level of intelligence, and he is clearly the most influential thinker of all time (the founder of logic).

Probably the greatest human mind ever

He has no equal!

22 Richard Dawkins Clinton Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is known for his books The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The God Delusion. He is also known for coining the word "meme" in 1976, although the word is most commonly used to describe internet memes of today. ...read more.

Richard Dawkins is one of the greatest voices of one of the worlds most hated group of people, atheist. He inspires us to look at things logically. He also has helped to spread ideas in biology, specifically genetics and evolution.

He has the most logics on his mind

23 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

He should not be on this list

He made good music, but that's about it. He's never really contributed to science or philosophy in any way so I have no idea why he's on the list.

Better than Hitler

He generated a new sound using the electric guitar.A real genius but was indulgent and adventurous consequently short lived,

24 Alan Turing Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist.

Broke Enigma, father of theoretical computer science and AI, provided a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, when aged 16, Turing encountered Albert Einstein's work; not only did he grasp it, but he extrapolated Einstein's questioning of Newton's laws of motion from a text in which this was never made explicit, worked on on mathematical biology, specifically morphogenesis. He published one paper on the subject called The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis in 1952, putting forth the Turing hypothesis of pattern formation the theory was experimentally confirmed 60 years after his death.

Computation Theory, the Turing theories and works make possible a all the posterior computation and machines intelligence developments.

He had such a brilliant and beautiful mind, yet still because he was "different" he was treated so inhumanly that it drove him to kill himself. Another great mind ended in such tragedy.

A man never truly given credit for his achievements.

25 Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī

He is not greatest man ever, but he is better than most of those are above in this list

One of the greatest mathmaticians of the world. Father of algebra and algorithms.

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