Top 10 Smartest People In History


The Top Ten

1 Albert Einstein 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.

There are LOTS of smarter people than him search it up his iq was 160 Isaac newtons was 210

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

Biggest infamous genius who worked hard for the "people" for the "future"

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

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

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.

He is an all rounder

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

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

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

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

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

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

Correction he was already smart and an apple fell on his head

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5 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 13, 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 one of the most famous theoretical physicists in the world. If it had not been for Hawking, our universe would be completely unknown, shrouded in mystery. There are other scientists, of course, who have helped shape our universe, but we cannot dispute the fact that Hawking contributed lots to cosmology, general relativity and quantum theory.

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah! I love this guy! I am 11 years old and I learn about him in Science cause he discovered thermometers, planet Saturn and made the first telescope!

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, he is one of the worst people in history. Yes he was evil. But the way he ALMOST ruled the world was perfectly planned. - MaxPap

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

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

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

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

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

He wasn't the first to have an idea about evolution, as even goat herders had some idea about it, but Darwin gave it a name: natural selection.

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9 Benjamin Franklin 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...

He stopped a war and invent many things.

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

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

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

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

He is very cool scientist and old

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The Contenders

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

His name sounds like a dinosaur.

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

He is a mathematical giant!


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

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

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

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

You scallion! you rampallian! you fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe! - MaxAurelius

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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.

I belive that solomon is smarter than albert einstein because god said that he we give him the wisdom that above and beyond any mans present or future that is true but jesus is the smartest man alive in history amen

Well, Einstein was a man who we actually SAW and whose existence is proven in history so... - ObscuredBeauty

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

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

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

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

Bapu Gandhi was very great person. There was big hand of bapu to indepent india.

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

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

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

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

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

Should be #1

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

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

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

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.

A true musical genius

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17 Ludwig van Beethoven 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.


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18 Thomas Edison 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.

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.

He had an enlightened personality and really really really really really really really really really really really smart he made extreme advances in technology science and many more just to name one he made the light bulb last for hours on end I think he was smart kind and has an amazing quote just because you have not found the right way 13246764676976775 times does not mean you have failed 😂

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

Archimedes invented so much in maths and physics, without him, Albert Einstein wouldn't have created his theories. He's the smartest man that ever lived for sure, born into a poor family, and made such good use of his recources, I'd say he was the biggest genius, just forgotten because he was from the greek era.

Agreed one of the smartest and anyone that is good in mathematics knows that he was the man. A Brilliant Mathematician and Innovator. The Sicilian salute you sir.

He was so ahead of his time that no one not even Einstein can be above him. The industrial revolution could have happened before Jesus was born if his knowledge had been passed to others. Jesus Christ would have witnessed the first man on the moon.

As Leo Valdez himself said (I always make sure I have a credible Rick Riordan character as my source) “He was like the Albert Einstein of Ancient Greece.” Given that statement coming from a fictional character, I could argue that half the people on this list would be nothing without him and maybe Copernicus. (With the exception of like Hitler sadly, yes, inspite the fact that it was a terrible person, and he had a bad motive. He was a smart person.

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

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

Pains me that there are so few women on this list. Zero in the top ten of course. But it's hardly surprising - women have never really been allowed to be smart. Or at least famous for being smart. That would be too threatening. Hopefully that will change in the coming generations, though. Amazing this woman was as accomplished as she was for her time.

I see she is the only women on the list, but what more could I have expected from this century. Marie Curie won a Nobel Prize twice. She was also the first woman to earn a doctorate in Europe. Her investigations led to the discovery of radioactivity as well as the element radium. Did I mention the fact that she also had to overcome pig-headed sexists all the while?

How is she not in the top 5?

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21 Abraham Lincoln 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.

Love you

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22 Socrates 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. "

€�I can not teach anybody anything. I can only make people think”

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23 Alexander Graham Bell 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

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

Not only did he invent the telephone but he also invented the metal detector which almost saved president Garfield's life.

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

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

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

Platonic love is not yet dead.

Had an awesome mind. should be in top 10

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25 Carl Friedrich Gauss 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.

Greatest mathematician of all time. He had to spend a lot of his valuable time into land measuring and astronomy (boring repetitive jobs with lots of numerical data analysis), but in his free time he saw so much further than all other mathematician, that his notes were a valuable source of mathematical discoveries for centuries. At his 18th birthday, he thought up a geomertical construction for dividing a circle in 17 equal parts (unsolved at the time). Oh and he invented the telegraph (basis of all modern communication), but just on the side.

How is Gauss not higher up than 54th place. He has made contributions everywhere in mathematics while 4/3 of people struggle with fractions. He outsmarted his own math teacher in elementary school when he was asked to add all numbers from 1 to 100.

Really deserve top 10 or top 3 position. Well undervalued by people that don't really understand mathematics as the kernel of almost everything

Gauss need to say more?

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26 Richard Feynman 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

His contributions to QED!

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27 Genghis Khan 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.

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

Genghis khan did not go to school he was dum he is totally smart lies
dof kop
that is dum head in a african language

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28 Friedrich Nietzsche 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.

The entire thing here borders on hilarious, and ignorant. If you read of his books he would have to be in the top 5. I am not familiar with anyone that has done more to help the world. You should check these people out. Among many other things he exposed religion for what it is.

One of the greatest philosophers of all time. The only reason he is not in the top five because most people are far too stupid to even begin to comprehend his masterful ideas (Hitler (ironically at number eight), who completely misinterpreted them for example). Nietzsche was true genius.

Great philosopher, author, composer, and contributor to Western culture. - plurplenurples

Nice mustache.

He was a great philosopher though - KingSlayer93316

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29 Bobby Fischer Bobby Fischer

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.

He's beautifully brilliant

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30 Steve Jobs 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.

Steve Jobs - pronounced (Stee-v Job-z) - Carly19781

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31 Karl Marx 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.

Can you ever think of whatever he did. He was a first class philosopher, historian and much better legend of political sciences than both Einstein and newton put together in physics.

He was one of the biggest liars and manipulators ever, stirring up hatred in the mind of the employees against their employers. A genius maybe, but for sure a genius of pure evil and bogus morality. - Laris758

In soviet Russia, Marx vote for You!

Most influential political thinker of the industrial revolution. Founding father of modern social thinking. Work permeates all economics, even those that disagree with his views on classless society.


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32 Thomas Jefferson 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...

I like him.

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33 Julius Caesar 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! "

34 Muhammad 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.

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.

Muhammad is the most brilliant man in the entire universe because he is the right messenger of Allah.he is known for his integrity and responsibility and respecting people.

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35 J.S. Bach 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.

A true genius. An absolutely outstanding composer - the best in my opinion - and how unbelievely clever his writing? To create such beautiful and intelligent music is beyond me. He should definitely be higher up the list

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36 Saint Paul Saint Paul Paul the Apostle, commonly known as Saint Paul, and also known by his native name Saul of Tarsus was an apostle who taught the gospel of the Christ to the 1st-century world.

Paul was the person most directly responsible for the adoption of Christianity by nearly the entire Western world. He must be one of the smartest people to ever live to have spread the message of Jesus to so many. His work has changed the history of the world dramatically.

St. Paul is a key hinge of history. His teachings are the most important of all time. Pauline Christianity is the Best Way to Help a person, Period.

Paul was a backwards ignorant idiot. A homophobic misogynist. A disgrace to humanity. He was an ignorant liar who managed to fabricate one of the most stupid myths of all time, Christianity.

Thick git and a dirty liar

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37 Marilyn Vos Savant

Come on people don't you know anything about this person?

So smart: she has the highest iq in the WORLD! At 216, how in the world is she only 84? She should be in the top 10!


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

He is the is the greatest astronomer ever. A person who can calculate the approximate diameter of earth can do any thing. He was also one of the greatest mathematician an gave us "sin" a word of trigonometry so I think he will be on the top 10 list. He was the great scientist and mathematician.

The one who first discovered the value of pi and.. Telescope before Galilei but the books were spread all over the world and the Indians left behind

He is obviously one of the greatest and deserves a better place in this list.
He is the one who found Pythagoras theorem much before Pythagoras.
He was the one who found the number "0"(zero).

He was the inventor of astrology and mathematics in india

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39 Kim Ung-yong Kim Ung-yong Kim Ung Yong is a Korean civil engineer and former child prodigy. Kim was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under "Highest IQ"; the book gave the boy's score as about 210. Guinness retired the "Highest IQ" category in 1990 after concluding IQ tests were too unreliable to designate a single more.

I'm pretty sure this guy was working for NASA when he was 8. Seriously.

He started speaking at the age of 6 months and was able to read Korean, Japanese, English, German and many other languages by his second birthday. He could do differential equations at 4. Most adults can't do that. Also yes he did contribute to NASA by the time he was 8. Anybody who thinks they know everything should look at him and others similar and realize just how insignificant they are. He is actually rather humble though and doesn't believe to be better than everybody which I personally admire him for.

He also knew 4 languages by the time he was 2 and holds the world record for the highest IQ score.

Easily smartest person ever do research on him. He didn't do anything to make himself famous but had a brain far superior to anyyy human ever documented.

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40 Napoleon Bonaparte 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 failed because he trusted his allies too much, if not for Talleyrand and traitors he would have conquered the world and made it a beautiful place

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41 George Washington 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.

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.

Second best U:S president.

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42 Peter Higgs 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

43 William James Sidis

Well I think that the top ten of this list is right if you are talking about acheivement and knowledge rather than raw intelligence. The ability to learn quick and process very fast is raw intelligence. James sidis did not accomplish as much as the top ten of this list but he was the more intelligent, his IQ was estimated to be around 250 to 350 and h could learn an entire language in one day. When you talk about intellignce it is the potential that someone has. When you say someone has the potential to do something it means that he has the abiity to do it but it does not mean that he is going to do it. William James Sidis does not have more acheivements than the top ten of this list but he has more potential than them. And I think Goethe should be second.

William james sidis had the hihgest iq score ever recorded:250 to 300. He had the greater raw intelligent than any other man. He should be first on the list.

This guy is actually the #1. It seems like most people who voted in this list don't understand the difference between "intelligence" and "lifetime intellectual achievement".

Why he is no.43?

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44 Nicolaus Copernicus 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. V 3 Comments
45 Martin Luther Martin Luther Martin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

This is Martin Luther, the guy who kickstarted the Protestant Reformation. Not Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader.

Its funny we have so many dumb people voting for the 10 smartest people in history.

Well I do not know what the adjective "smart" comprises, but having the ability and patience to translate considerably long passages from the Bible from Latin into German requires a bit of brain in my opinion. Plus, writing the 95 theses and making them public, requires courage that can be acquired only if one has the ability to self-motivate himself and believes in what he says. Moreover, being able to stand before the smartest of that time at the congress and answering the questions with so much precision, it is something.

Martin Luther is a lot smarter and more gifted with a broad range of talents than he is given credit.

ad King Jr

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46 Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until he was ousted in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a legal dictatorship. more.

He had an influence on Adolf Hitler and we all know that Adolf is the most intelligent man of all time.

Just for his influence on Hitler he deserves to be on here.

He influenced the most intelligent man to ever live.

He deserves a spot on this list with his undeniable influence to the fuhrer.

He was an influence on Adolf so he deserves to be on here.

All for STALIAN!

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47 Garry Kasparov
48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Why is he so far at the bottom of the list! He was the one who lead the civil rights movement and helped end segregation in America. I hate racism and would have been part of the civil rights movement because racism is just wrong. King should definitely be in the top ten and without him, our country would not be same and probably worse without his intelligence!

Don't let him be on 39. Make him go higher. Please

King needs to be higher on this list man. He's an amazing man.

Needs to be higher

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49 Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was smart but also tough she even tried to kill franklins made but she did not know what to do so she fell in love with a woman. I'm nine and I know there was 111 notes that they sent to each other but in 1942 franklin and Eleanor were happy with each other again.

50 Bill Gates 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

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

Found Microsoft when he was 19 years old. So young


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