Top 10 Smartest People In History

The Top Ten Smartest People In History

1 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.

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.

The smartest to have ever lived in my opinion. He was driven by his curiosity, which made him such a genius.

2 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 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.

The greatest mind the world has ever seen, was able to conduct electrical experiments nearly two centuries ago that scientists still have difficulty replicating today, and some of which have not been duplicated since his lifetime. Even more admirable than tesla's unparalleled genius, however was his empathy and concern for the betterment of human society as a whole. Illustrated in his desire to give the world an unlimited supply of free electrical energy. Tesla was not seeking to make a profit off of his genius, but instead wanted to improve upon the living conditions of not only his contemporaries, but also for their descendants and the future generations that would follow. An exemplary individual in every sense of the word, and if his name were to be fully claimed by the annals of history, and his memory completely forgotten, it would be a great tragedy to the many that would be deprived of the knowledge of his character and contributions.

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.

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

Isaac newton is one of the most intelligent person in history if not the most intelligent one. intelligence itself is very difficult to describe and asses, many experts today believe in multiple intelligence, however when comparing human intelligence with artificial intelligence some forms of intelligence are easily recognised as harder to replicate artificially, the ability to quickly process information, understand highly complex information and solve problems is the most difficult forms of intelligence to replicate artificially at a high level. when it comes to that Isaac newton is recognised as the most intelligent person there is, now let us consider his intellectual feats, Newton was foremost a physicist, and in his day, he tackled many difficult issues in physics, probably the most famous of these issues is gravity. Newton is known for developing the laws of motion and gravitation. When trying to describe how an object falls, Newton found that the speed of the object increases ...more

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, 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.

Every ancient culture has a great flood story, that's another reason to believe in the Bible. Everything else is a play off of the Bible. Like how it mentions springs in the oceans only to be discovered by modern technology. - B-easy-B

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... )

I see that muhammad mast be the first If we see the history of Islam we find How Smart was he - LordOmar

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.

Da Vinci was centuries ahead of his time; he designed a tank, a diving suit, a machine gun, a few flying machines, and many other things that wouldn't be realized until hundreds of years later. His 4000 pages of detailed notes about various previously unexplored ideas and concepts is baffling and is a true mark of his genius. He was the Renaissance Man of the Renaissance, a true polymath who wouldn't realize his potential even if he were to live to be 500 years old, which, if he were still alive today, he would be a billionaire simply from licensing fees from all of his reproduced works. Oh yes, and of course he is arguably the best painter to have ever lived, as his Last Supper and Mona Lisa, two of about 17 examples, prove to be true. His lifetime achievements therefore provide an astonishing collection of pedigree to his name and brilliance. He is the smartest person to have ever lived.

5 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

Because I did a presentation about him at the school called fern elementary school on fern avenue in torrance city in california in los angeles. So that is why I voted him.

He was so smart in his time. I love that he had a love for space like I do.

6 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.

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

Stephen Hawking is probably the smartest person ever known. Jesus is the most powerful person ever. (I believe he really is true, 1000s of years ago, that is. ) Albert Einstein had to have most of his theories backed up by Stephen Hawking, right? Ok, so maybe Albert discovered the theory of relativity, and Jesus saved us all from death, but come on, Stephen Hawking has much knowledge of the universe and is currently helping us, in 2012, a lot. (ever seen science channel on DirectTV? ) (channel 284) There's a show called "Stephen Hawking's brave new world. " And that's all I have to say about this. But, I'm only 9 years old. So I can be disproven. And to show you how smart I am, I once gave a star/black hole/wormhole lecture to 5th grade. (skipped a grade. ) And I'm sorry for punctuation because I'm running out of battery. So that's my conclusion.

7 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.

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...

Benjamin Franklin is brilliant and is the greatest American of all time. He invented the lightning rod, better postal system, and the library system. He was a writer, a philosopher, an inventor, and one of the founding fathers.

8 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...

His brilliant insight was the rational death-knoll for the "intelligent design" argument that was a cornerstone justification for religion. A very imaginative man indeed, who may have done the most to advance human understanding of the world we have all dropped into!

9 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) 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 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

These are correct, but this doesn't make him a genius, plus, you missed the fact that he is one of the biggest mass murderers in history - DatRabidSlushie

Adolf Hitler was just a simple man with righteous goals. He wanted to fix the German economy and damn it he did that. He wanted to expand Germany to its former glory by reclaiming its stolen land and more and Hitler was on the right track. He wanted to created a perfect society where Aryans can peacefully live in by eradicating threats like Gypsies, homosexuals, Jews, etc. This act of eradication can be easily compared to acts by God. God himself wanted to create an ideal world by killing all the other sinners with the flood, sparing noble Noah and his family. What goes to say Hitler was in the wrong when he was merely following in God's footsteps? Hitler was not only the smartest man in the world, his power is similar to that of any Holy Deity. His speeches brought pride back into the once broken and poor Germany.

10 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.

Related to ancient and my favorite. Topic is ancient. Just an opinion

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)

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11 Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor.

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.

He may be a genius, but he is not America's greatest inventor as people describe him to be. People claim that he invented the lightbulb. While he did make the design of today's lightbulbs, but he did not invent lightbulbs. And worse, he only does this to benefit himself. Shame on you Edison, shame on you! - SamHalls2015

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.

12 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!

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

13 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!


He had so much swag his dick weighed a ton.

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!

14 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.

According to Hmolpedia, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is the smartest person who has ever lived. Because of this, I personally think he should be at #1. - SamHalls2015

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!

15 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.

You've got to be kidding me. This is not right at all. I get it, religion. But I'm sorry, religion will never surpass Science. Religion doesn't explain anything! Science works with Math, resulting in intelligence, proof and explanation. Religion is something only to believe, it does not lead to proof, therefore, doesn't lead to intelligence. Therefore, Jesus doesn't deserve to be here. Science is above religion and above everything.

Uh... Jesus is the creator of the universe. He knows all. Therefore, smartest person ever. Without a single doubt! - TheHabsFan

He should be #1! He died on the cross for everyone. He did not have to. Without his father we would not be here, there for he should be #1.

Jesus was an absolute genius. Just read the answers he gave to everyone that asked him a question

This is so immensely sad. The creator of the universe, who knows all things, is the 97th smartest person of all time? You got to be joking me. - TheHabsFan

Have you read His words in the Bible? Non-stop genius teachings. - TheHabsFan

16 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

Although Albert Einstein was a smart mathematician and physicist of his century, Mozart in my opinion, is the Einstein of music. Even people usually call him "musical genius". Not to mention, although Einstein love music, he started felling in love with Mozart's music the most. - Hoenn4Ever

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.

He was a great musical composer. If you think about by the time he was 20 he wrote enough symphonies to last a lifetime. Not only was he great he was a great prodigy. He taught himself to play violin at 7! How could you do this when you're angry at your father and your mother dies. He was in grief! Yet he could do this magnificent things. Without Mozart Beethoven couldn't do anything.

17 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.

India’s special man, and he will run through the blood of history!

18 Carl Friedrich Gauss Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics.

He proved that a circle can be divided into as many sides as one wants, let alone prove that a circle can be divided into as many sides as possible, hard to prove the former but easy to prove the latter.
I bet this word play will go over the heads of those who voted Shakespeare over Gauss.

I just can't understand why he's not higher than 16th place. Like others have pointed out, of course he ought to be among the most amazing TOP TEN!

A scientist that discovered how to measure the earths magnetic field, he understood physics on both a global and local scale.

This man had came up with so much progress, he's the reason electrodynamics became possible.

19 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.

He is a mathematical giant!

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.

20 Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell, an ancestor of mine, may have produced the telephone but the invention is only a grain of sand in his ocean of ideas and capabilities. His knowledge will continue to shine down upon us..

Come on people if we didn't have the telephone then what would we be doing right now? :-I

The man changed the world as we know it. Without him, who knows where we would be.

Well, he was a very intelligent man, but he stole the idea of the telephone from another man, and got a patent on it before the other man could get back his idea - PackFan2005

21 Bobby Fischer

A descent into madness may have been costly, but it manifests itself as the inextricable bond between genius and madness. Game of the century as a 13 year old against Donald Byrne has undoubtedly been remarked about countless times, but it shouldn't hurt just marvelling at his sheer superiority to us mere mortals who can't get our Elo ratings above 2000. But no, it is not his rating that accounts for his all round brilliance; the creativity of the moves he executes, his top notch memory, the list is virtually endless.

Man knew what he was doing. Manipulated the world.

A deadly combination of intelligence and determination.

What use is intelligence, when it is wasted in such a narrow field. He became just a pawn of the cold war.

The toppest of the blokes.

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

A brilliant mind so far ahead the best geniuses 1000 years later couldn’t figure out how he did his work - ScienceGenius

Isn't he already on here? And how is he ranked lower than Kesha and Michael Jackson? Whoever votes for people like them is an idiot.

He was one of the greatest scientists of the ancient world. He was also a fantastic mathematician and physicist.

His inventions changed the world I rank him 3

23 Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe.


This guy... Is behind JUSTIN BEIBER AND NOAH?... - ARandomPerson

Was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a heliocentric model of the universe which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center. [1]

The publication of Copernicus' book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, is considered a major event in the history of science. It began the Copernican Revolution and contributed importantly to the rise of the ensuing Scientific Revolution.

24 Marie Curie Marie Skłodowska Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowskap, was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.

I wish that there were more women on this list. Marie Curie is a brilliant woman!

Two Nobel prizes anyone? Discovered radiation? She deserves more credit

Agreed. She sort of withered away into her emotional needs towards the end of her life but she is a great scientist. The sad thing is that she didn't do much work after her husband got run over by a horse (he died). All she did in the latter part of her life is defend her original works

23?! I’m surprised. She is one of the most intelligent, and clever person in all of history! She discovered 2 elements, Polonium and Radium, plus, she invented the X-ray, without her, many people could have had broken bones and we would have never known! So if you have broken a bone, and appreciate it being fixed, vote for Marie Curie! Not to mention that Marie Curie also faced hardships too, such as a scientist go against her. So because of these reasons, Marie Curie is one of the most intelligent person in history!

I am doing Marie Curie for a school project and I just want to point out that she discovered two elements, researched many sciences, and was also an accomplished physicist. Woohoo!

25 George Washington George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

I mean he's cool first president of the USA, but like...this list isn't for him.

He's smart I guess, but not smart smart like Albert E and Alexander Grahm Bell. - Luckys

This man is amazing! He was able to defeat one of the best armies in the world with local militias. He had very little to work with yet still beat them. Plus he became one of the greatest presidents of all time!

He was a genius with great charisma and practical knowledge, also an excellent soldier and leader. Very well rounded. He also had bipolar and functioned well without "modern medication".

George Washington was a humble man who had the chance to become "king" of the U.S. but he didn't abuse his power in the American Revolution. He only returned back home and went back to his everyday life, like he had done nothing big. He also was a soft-hearted man who cared for everyone. He was brave and courageous. And even in all these qualities he possessed, he was a pure genius. He also became the first president of the United States, in which you must be extremely intelligent to become a president in general. Even greater in becoming the first.

26 Socrates Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the Western ethical tradition of thought.

It doesn't matter if you are the smartest person in the world if you don't know what happiness and true freedom is. Most people relate brains with success but they are just rats in the rat race. Socrates is number 1

The Father of Philiosophy, his student Plato also could easily be in the top 100 and Plato's student Aristotle as well. Other than the obvious logic of the truth which no man (except Jesus) understood better. This allowed him to break down any subject and if intelligence is based on proving or disprroving things, I wonder where a lot of people on this list would be had they not beneifited from the words of Jesus and Socrates on thought?

"How can the person who explained the unsustainability of 'right versus wrong', way before Nietszsce did, not be top here. "

Definitely one of the smarter men, able to teach others while he knew about the same as they did. His way of teaching by asking questions was absolutely amazing.

27 Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and served as the 3rd President of the United States from 1801-1809. He was born on April 13, 1743, and died on July 4, 1826, on the same day 2nd United States President John Adams died.

Was the original Batman. No, really.

Jefferson could not set his slaves free by law. He did treat them exceptionally well. Never bought or sold slaves

Actually he was the third president, after George Washington and john Adams...

How can he be Batman? He didn't live in the 1930s. You are lying.

28 William Sidis

Probably the smartest man who ever lived. Just not well known. He accomplished more before his teen years than most do in a lifetime. Not necessarily into language as an adult, he could still put anyone to shame in the number of languages he mastered. This guy wrote so many books, it's said that there could be at least 50 that have never even been read by anyone. Most likely wouldn't understand them anyway. His theories on space and time were right up there with Tesla and he even invented a perpetual motion clock. The issue with him is he dropped out of society for most of his adult life. Frankly, I don't see anyone on this list coming close to him in intelligence. When you know the answers before you even open the book, you are in a class by yourself. Yet, he's way down the list because the average person is going to pick names they know. Many of whom don't have that natural intelligence, they just happen to learn a lot and apply it..

William James Sidis wrote countless books under pseudonym names; for instance, the Animate and Inanimate is present with concepts that are far ahead of his time. They are uncannily reminiscent of Christopher Langan's profound remarks, but I can assert that this fellow had profound gift from such young an age. It is a pity that the public gave him for what he believed to be excessive attention, with which he could not abide with the burden. It is a story that can readily foment melancholy.

He learned 6 languages when he was 6, could read the New York Times when he was 2 and was accepted into Harvard at age 9 (but attended when he was 11). He had an IQ 60-100 greater than Albert Einstein, and yet he is number 50 on the list?! HOW!

The author of the book "The Animate And The Inanimate"and much more...

29 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

Abraham Lincoln was better than George Bush and has made a great difference. He knew what was right, and what was obviously wrong. He spoke the truth and made one of the greatest speeches in the world and freed slaves.

He should be the wisest guy in the world.

I think that he is smart, and he made one of the greatest speeches.

He was very clever but not a genius like everyone else on this list apart from a few other who are undeserving

30 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,

Platonic love is not yet dead.

Had an awesome mind. should be in top 10

31 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, more.

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.

Ludwig van Beethoven is a genius. His symphonies were nominal. How could he make music while he was deaf. Look at Ode to Joy. That was legit.
This guy is a piano genius.

32 Peter Higgs Peter Ware Higgs is a British theoretical physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, and Nobel Prize laureate for his work on the mass of subatomic particles.

Yeah the smartest man of our time hands down. A good damn PARTICLE! 1!

His idea changed the way we view the universe. And to think that most people doubted him at first. That is incredible.

He discovered a particle that no one even knew existed

33 Genghis Khan Genghis Khan c. 1162 – August 18 1227, born Temüjin, was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.

Maybe not history's greatest intellect, but definitely history's greatest mass killer of civilians.

He is the greatest leader in the world
He was able to conquer half of world

Genghis. Khan. He good.

Very very seriously under rated because of his race. These ratings are for in the history of mankind this an intellectual ratings not emotional most on list shouldn't be here. THIS MAN WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST IN THE HISTORY OF MAN KIND I'm a black man & I know this to be true. Khan is a top ten not 49

34 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar, known by his cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

He turned a society where democracy was deeply entrenched into a dictatorship during a period of relative peace and prosperity. Such a feat would have required him to overturn several social conventions and establish himself as intrinsically superior whilst silencing the many voices of dissent, probably from powerful individuals. When you consider that he and his family were disgraced while he was just a child, this is a grand feat, requiring a mind cunning and great enough to out think the senate and his competitors by a rather large margin.
Furthermore, he succeed in vanquishing the other two thirds of the triumvirate and conquering large swathes of land, something which requires a brand of strategic intellect not often seen.
Although, his friends did kill him, it had nothing to do with a dearth of cognitive abilities but rather a deadly combination of hubris and sentimentality.

Porobaly could have had Europe belong to him at the time the reason why rome is still he today probaly has like a 150 iq

Bad friends!
They killed Caesar.

"It's Greek to me! "

35 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 more.

He solved the most difficult maths problem in the 20th century, quantum-electrodynamics, by drawing a picture on a blackboard; he was known for being able to explain even the most intricate problems in very simple terms that anyone could understand, and he made a hobby out of cracking top secret government safes, vaults and lockers using maths.

The guy was also a total baller who played the bongos and worked on physics problems in strip clubs. All hail Feynman.

Let's be honest with ourselves here.

Really no 42 let's be serious, one ahead of Frank Zappa

Should be in the top 5, he had a beautiful mind, creative and brilliant.

36 John Von Neumann John von Neumann was a Hungarian-American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor, computer scientist, and polymath.

Without him, there would be no computer no Artficial Intelligence today. The man behind computer architecture and behind the concept of pseudo-random numbers.

He could memorize things at an instant and cite them years later word for word! He could divide 2 8 digit numbers instantly at the age of 6 and was the leader of the Manhattan Project. Easily the smartest human being to ever live.

Should be number one, hands down

Without him the computer you are on wouldn't even exist

37 Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc., chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following more.

0% vote; enough said

Steve Jobs is awesome. He was the head of all the apple products. He is the best. Almost everyone knows him and doesn't that mean he is ultra popular.

He is the man who changed the world with his intelligence. We now use touch screen thanks to this man.

He is the smartest man

38 Alexander Hamilton

Listen to the soundtrack to Hamilton the musical and you will understand. Just you wait... Just you wait...

Alexander hamilton, not only helped shape a GOVERNMENT SYSTEM STILL IN FUNCTION, he was also an orphan, and immigrated here at age 17. He also was George Washington's right hand man during the revolutionary war, the national treasury secretary, creator of the cost guard, the founder of the New York Post(still one of the most widely realized and credible papers of all time) and on top of all that, he kicked butt in the court room. He is one of the best founding fathers, in the idea that his implements on the US have lasted longer than any other president(financialy)


He prevented the usa to go bankcrupt in his time

39 Napoleon Bonaparte Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.

He could do it all.

The most competent human being who ever lived.

Made France what it is today.

He was was a mighty and powerful conquer.

40 Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.

While he was not the nicest guy in the world, he did build up Russia to become one of the greatest countries in the known world.

A man who took illiterate country torn by war and multiple revolutions and lead it to the world superpower who pressed this planet with greatest nuclear might!

Stalin is the greatest ever.

Great statist and very intelligent man, he carefully calculated his administration and led a country to great deeds, responsible for the victory of his side in WWII

41 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.

Leader of the famous Russian Revolution, that had a great effect on the world today.

He was a great and smart leader.

Without him the world would be a different place.

Lenin was very smart and knew a lot, because he read a huge number of good books and gave a deep thought to everything that could help him to understand important things better. For this purpose he leaned to read very quickly but carefully. His determination to make its Motherland and the whole world a better place to live for every honest man make me respect him so much!
He did what he could. He was surrounded by enemies who wanted nothing but money and power and making people suffer. One man can give a great push to good things but he badly needs a lot of support to make sure that what is right flourishes and well protected. Especially after his death...


42 Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions more.

Was a good scientist and mathematician before he converted to Jansenism.

Genius in maths and philosophy and so many things more..
Just read his Pensées

43 C.S. Lewis Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. more.

Lewis changed the world of stories forever!

Genius. Read his books. - TheHabsFan

44 Bill Gates William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer.

He is a great man. He found Microsoft

Found Microsoft when he was 19 years old. So young

He didn't find Microsoft he made it - 1tangjam

Bill Gates should be higher than this somewhere like 10

45 J.S. Bach Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor.

Wrote the most beautiful music with great care and skill

Really Johann Sebastian Bach is number 38 how about number 10 one because he played organ violin viola cello two because of artworks

Even Mozart was agog at this man's compositional genius! He was in a class of his own and it is said that God put Bach on the Earth so that lesser men might learn how to compose music.

To have composed so many masterpieces and to never compose something bad in the conditions under which he lived is of utter genius!

46 Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

Search Google with "Dr. Seuss" and you will find uncountable links with titles including "Dr. Seuss Quotes to Change Your Life", "Wisdom From Dr. Seuss" "The Inspiration, Dr Seuss." They all say the same how wise, caring, and inspirational a man he was. Read his books and take a good look, there is more than just rhyme, but messages to keep in mind.

No, this is not a joke entry. Dr. Seuss was one of the first people to recognize what factories were doing to the environment and he wrote about it in The Lorax. Each story he wrote was bigger than a book for four year olds. Now I ask you, why is this brilliant man behind Justin Beiber. I don't think he was the smartest person ever, but he deserves to be in the top 100.

Dr. Suess, where do I start... Sure his books are wacky but they have great lessons to be told. The Lorax taught us that we need trees and animals to thrive in our world, Green eggs and ham taught us that you'll never know how great something is until you experience it, oh the places you'll go explains that you can travel the world without ever leaving your mind, finally, let's not forget about one of his most famous books the cat in the hat which told us that imagination can brighten any cloudy day. Dr. Suess may not have created the light bulb or discovered a new planet, but he mentored us on some extremely important life lessons that tell us how important fun and creativity and exploring the possiblities is in life. Life is nothing with imagination and laughter.

You guys are mean put him in 10th place he wrote 53 books he's smart

47 Abdesselam Jelloul

Tlentd and genius

48 Rush Limbaugh

The man may not be Jesus level smart, or Einstein level smart, but he revolutionized talk radio. He also knows ho to appeal to younger Americans (and when I say "younger" I mean people who are being introduced to chapter books) with his Rush Revere books. It's in a way, a tactical approach to creating a healthy America. I doubt that's his intent, but to give you an idea of what I'm getting at, let me break it down into steps-
1. Write Rush Revere books for children to educate them
2. The parents buy the books for their kids
3. The kids read it and enjoy the mix between realistic fiction and historical fiction, and a seed is planted in them.
4. The kids grow up thankful that Rush Educated them on (insert subject)
5. The kids grow up listening to the guy because they liked his books
6. Because they listen to his talk radio show, they grow up becoming conservatives, or patriotic blue dog Democrats
7. Rush Revere is given to their kids
I can't say all ...more - HaiThere

49 Muhammad al-Khwarizmi

He invented algebra and estimated the worlds circumference 1500 years ago

Without him no algorithms, without algorithms, no technology


He should be first,look at his biography

50 Leonhard Euler Leonhard Euler was a Swiss mathematician, physicist, astronomer, logician and engineer who made important and influential discoveries in many branches of mathematics like infinitesimal calculus and graph theory while also making pioneering contributions to several branches such as topology and analytic more.

Are u kidding me? He is top 10 ,even top 5 I'd say for sure.
people have voted and put others who were way inferior to him in intelligence above him - lehos

one of greatest mathematician ever.
One of greatest people ever - lehos

What should I say about Euler? The best mathematician that has ever walked on the planet. His work is outstanding. His ideas and insights seem to come from an other world. I can't explain how it feels like when you read an Euler's proof. The unexpected is combined with clarity and elegance. If you don't believe me, I recommend you to read how he solved the Basel problem, a problem that remained unsolved till the moment he solved it.

He changed math as we know it today. He has his own number which drastically affected Calculus and can be used to calculate continuous interest. His identity regarding complex numbers is astounding and has lead to solving many math problems. He is a genius and a brilliant man.

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