Top 10 Smartest People In History

The Top Ten
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.

Not only redefined gravity, but also took the understanding of time to the next level. The very definition of genius. Not to mention, his contribution in quantum mechanics (the photoelectric effect). And the ridiculous thing is that he predicted gravitational waves a century ago, which we have just discovered recently! As if that isn't enough, he was also the first person who suggested that the universe is expanding and predicted the dark energy, which was confirmed by Edwin Hubble.

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?

Look, according to historical academia Jesus was just a person who yes was important to religion but was just a man of normal biological reproduction. He did suffer at the hands of the Romans and he could easily be of exceptionally high morals, but to say that he knows all and is so superior to scientific geniuses like Einstein, Darwin and Hawking is an insult to the human race. These scientists were real and came up with ground breaking theories. We know they were real and not just a myth. That's what bugs me about religion, we are so arrogant to say that Jesus was real and the smartest person when there is no proof that he was more real then Zeus, Jupiter or Odin. Religion should not be in this competition because you cannot prove it. I am Agnostic about the whole thing, so I am not saying that Jesus is wrong, I'm just saying that lets keep it to quantifiable people; hence Einstein is the man

Helped figure out what light was, showed that matter and energy were two sides of the same coin, showed that the faster you move thru space the slower time passes by for you and that the speed of light was the speed limit for matter moving thru space, figured out that gravity was the result of mass bending the fabric of space itself and that the greater the gravitational field is, again the slower time passes you by. Also helped give birth to the field of quantum mechanics even though he didn't quite agree with it and discovered what would be called dark energy, another revelation he thought was a mistake. The man tapped into the consciousness of the universe and changed the human race forever in a forward positive way.

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!

Unlike Steve hawking's or Albert Einstein. Nikola Tesla made great things that us humans use to this very day. He was challenged by anyone he met due to jealously stupidity of the other people. He was a extraordinary man who would have been able to create much more if it wasn't the public discriminating him.

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.

Me as a german, who maybe had the greatest minds in history got to stick to him. What he did is just sheer amazing, he made the modern world possible. And there is still stuff which hasn't been realized nowadays, but seems to be possible and I am writing it 2013 so do it!
And Hitler number 1 is this real he was a lunatic and made really bad decisions for gods sake in war. I mean because of him we lost the war really badly and I am glad about it. But I hate that we did lose some of the best people germany ever had. Like Einstein, Hilbert and so on and on. Germany almost lost all of their important people in that time, who not only were great persons in science, also in character. The saddest thing about it is, that it there never have been any clues what will happen, but that other countries denied to take so much immigrants and left them to get killed by the german SS, who were the biggest cowards of all, because of killing helpless people. I hate the SS but am still proud of how ...more

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.

Isaac: Ah... What a lovely day...
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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

He was so ahead in the understanding of physics that there was literally no math at the time that was required to mathematically describe his theory! And on top of that he himself invented calculus that was essential in the theory of motion under gravitational influence

There's no debate when it comes to Isaac Newton. Try to visualize and comprehend the achievements of this man, even if a fictional writer was trying to create a fictional genius in his writing, he would not use the achievements of Newton because it's too ridiculously impressive and unimaginable. Bear in mind the time and era from which newton was, he had to conceive everything from scratch. The man spent a significant amount of his time writing about alchemy and religion, this is to show how little people at that time knew, and how limited he himself was. Imagine what newton would be able to do today. No one has made such big leaps of understanding in the history of mankind.

4 Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) 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, 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.

Like others have said he was way ahead of his time being able to write how to invent things that wouldn't exist until centuries later. Imagine what he could have invented if he lived in the 21st century? I bet he could have invented a time machine.

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.

It's a toss up between Leo and Tesla. I'm a great fan of both, for they both had great ingenuity and both are true artist in which their art still stands till this day. It's crazy how both of em created weapons for destruction, but I believe they regretted it. Leo built the catapult for some rich dude then he soon left that department and painted the Mona Lisa or the Last Dinner. Tesla was all bout free energy, he wanted to see the world light up, and he close to it. But the powers that were would of loss a lot $$. He is linked to the dreaded HARRP machine. I think that's how it spelt. Anyways it's crazy after he died how the Feds raided his place taking all his paperwork and ideas. I didn't choose Jesus for the fact that he ain't people. He even states so himself, when asked, "who are you then? " He replies, "truly truly, before Abraham was; I am." Knowing that they knew Exodus 3:14 when God tells Moses of his identity he says of the same, I Am. So as they were thinking, "so this ...more

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.

Do not get me wrong, Galileo was one of the most intelligent humans of all time, but many mistake him for inventing the telescope. Galileo only made improvements to the spyglass/telescope. He was basically the founder of modern day science, and astronomy, which is why he should be higher on the list. Without him IMPROVING the telescope we would only be able to see 2x to 5x times further.

The commonly "first law of newton", or law of inertia, was discovered by that guy about 100 years after sir Isaac... and the second one too!
he is also the creator of the standard scientific method we use nowadays!
and what about his discoveries in the optic field, he invented not only the telescope: he discovered the laws beyond the lens!
he was the first people that, in life, fought against the church and tried to show the evidence to the scientific society.

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.

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.

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Concisely and precisely speaking Stephen Hawking is better than Einstein and as such holds himself as the number 1 in this list. It is because he is not only the most intelligent but also the most brave. Despite his physical disability and a prospect of an early death he managed to further up and validate einstein's progress on our understanding of the universe. Einstein was seemingly gifted owing to his thicker corpus callosum which might have been present since his birth. Moreover much of his theories turn out to be a mystery to most of the people. On the other hand Hawking seems to be more comprehensible who not only first understood the former's work but also took it to the next higher level. Well we must appreciate this living Legend, there is no doubt that none can equal Einstein but if Einstein is at the first position then this man deserves nothing less than being at par and preferably must occupy the zeroth rank...

I think considering the difficulties that life sent him it is amazing that his brain has still managed to give the world what it has and that his determination has allowed that brain to continue working when I am sure his body just wanted to stop. God bless and keep him for as long as he can make it. He may not have the best personality or ability to cope in relationships but the vast majority of us (without his intellectual abilities or his physical disabilities) are not much better so let us judge him for what he has achieved and not for what he has not. The longer he stays with us the more the human race gains so hopefully he will continue to fight longer.

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.

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...

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!

Benjamin Franklin was one of America's founding Fathers. He help during War for Liberty by traveling to France to get money for the Army and created my things for the War and for people. All I can say is he is kindest, sweetest, smartest person I know!

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

I'm voting for Darwin because I can't believe Hitler is above him in this list. I wonder if the people who voted for him ever read Mein Kampf. I doubt it because that piece of trash reads like the diary of an angry teenage virgin. There's no way someone who reads it can consider its author smart. And contrary to what a lot of the people commenting there said, he didn't come up with the idea of the superhuman, that was Nietzsche. Hitler took it and twisted it to meet his sociopathic goals. He needed to provide some background from a truly intelligent man, in order to be taken seriously. So if you're voting in a list of the smartest people ever have the decency and respect to educate yourselves before you make yourself look like you belong in the list of the top ten dumbest people. A powerful orator is not the same as a smart man. Hitler is the poster boy for that.

Charles Darwin was not only the one man with the observational skill of a genius, (I'm making this statement because of how he realised the similarities in species and how the slight differences where difference of one environment), but he also managed to apply his observation to come up with such logically beautiful and seemingly flawless theories, at least so far. He's understanding of humanity is relatable to Hitler, Napoleon, Jesus, Buddha and Shakespeare. Although his achievement's have not have an impact that is evident, he as well as the philosopher Montaigne where among the first to tackle the subject of sexuality and his idea's inspired so many sexologist, as we know call them, to make there theories that have brought equality among the sexes, and is freeing sexuality today. These ignored facts about Charles Darwin may shin some light on the true greatness of this character.

Created a theory based on fairy tales and false scientific evidence.
In order for something to be scientific it must be able to be:
Test and experimented in other words: Empirical evidence.
Evolution has NO evidence at all, to claim such a fantasy as everything evolved "billions" of years ago how can you observe, experiment, or recreate at that prove it true? You cannot, and if you cannot observe and experiment, then it is now no longer science (Gravity) But fantasy (Religion)
EVERY single evolutionist out there has to "belief" in it, just like a Christian believes in God.

He discovered evolution and that's very important in Biology! Without him, we still would think God creates life with a snap of his finger :/

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

Hitler was an Aries/Taurus, which are very passionate about being number 1 in everything they do! He was rejected as a painter or artist because his works were too vibrant and was Post Modern Impressionism. Had he been born during the hippy eras, where they were into that vibrant technique, he would have been looked up to but people were just not into that at that time frame yet. After he was rejected in school, he put his passion into another possibility and became the most ruthless leader in history! Yes, the way he did things was wrong. Yes, how he killed many innocent people was wrong but this was not his objective. Many people don't understand that an Aries passion goes beyond the approval of others. They have to be #1 at all costs. I, myself, am only an Aries. I have such passion in everything I do. I, however, do not have a Taurus which helped him finish what he started. Many of my passions die out eventually and I lose interest before completion. He didn't!

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

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.

Only gross ignorance of the achievements of Aristotle would place him anywhere but at the top o the list. In fact, he is so far beyond anyone else there is literally no comparison, except for Plato, his teacher.
Western civilization is based upon Aristotle.
Biology, ethics, physics, animal science, philosophy, rhetoric, drama, politics including the structures of the USA and of constitutional republics- these and more were started by or had their foundation set by Aristotle.

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)

It is intelligent to study the galaxies and create a math based on that. It is intelligent to put the gravity in numbers. It is intelligent to be one of the world's greatest writers. But I think none could be more intelligent than the one who discovered all the first subjects that matter for the studies of post scientists

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

Edison did a lot for America and should not be in the lower half of this list. He invented many things and might have been a president of the United States of America. I am nit 100% sure because I am only in seventh grade, but still I do not know anything about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Peter Higgs and I completely disagree that Michael Jackson would be 22 places higher on this chart than Thomas Edison. And I think Abe Lincoln, one of my favorite presidents, should be so low on the list either! And this is all coming from a 13yr old girl.

He improved a lot of inventions: telephone, microphone, telegraph, proyector, phonograph, photography... Without his work those things wouldn't be as useful as we know. His developments were pretty important for Technology, even without the idea of the electric light bulb. I strongly believe his achievements show much optimism and perseverance. You only have to read his quotes to notice that. For instance, he tried more than a thousand of times how to make a light bulb and he hadn't ever given up.

He was no genius. He just had geniuses work for him. His IQ was 100, which is average. He didn't even make any of his inventions. He had his workers do it for him, took credit for it.

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!

12 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.

Gauss could have advanced mathematics and science by 100 years or more had he published his results as he discovered them. It took more than a century to understand his notes after his death.

When Jacobi visited him and proudly presented the discovery of Jacobians, Gauss pulled some old dusty notes out of his
Drawer and showed Jacobi that he had already solved the problem like 30 years ago much more rigorously, but thought about it as a trivial matter not worth of much effort. Jacobi returned home deeply impressed and wrote to his diary to have met a genius of gigantic proportions.

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.

He invented the congruence "≅" symbol, which has been added to general lexicon and terminology. Not many maths genius have invented new mathematical symbols! Gauss was definitely very, very special indeed!

13 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.

Whether you believe that he was a deity, a divinely-inspired prophet, or merely a rebellious philosopher that challeneged the status quo, one thing is undeniable - the influence that Yeshua of Nazareth had on the entire world. Allegories of his life are recorded all throughout literature, and he inspired a religious revolution from a sect of Jews (Proto-Christians) who influenced religious jurisprudence for nearly 2,000 years. Clearly, he is of grand influence and that takes clear intelligence.

How was the universe created then? Gas, gravity? No! How did the gas or gravity get created? He has no beginning and no end. He knows what will happen. He made all of this stuff on earth to study for science. So it just so happens that our planet formed just right that it can house life and have stable weather patterns. What about all the time that he cured people. There is actual evidence of healings that science can’t explain. How could Jesus rise from the grave. There is SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE of him rising from the grave. How do you explain that one buddy.

The only reason why Jesus is not number 1 is because people want to control them self's and make up all these different religions to just make up that the universe revolves around them...JUST EVERYONE WILL KNOW THE TRUTH WHEN THEY DIE

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.

14 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.

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.

"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.

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!

He is the greatest man. As I have read Julius Caesar, the famous play by him... No words for this drama. He had explained each and every expression of the situation. Not just this he had written so many influencing (attractive) poems. Really he was the greatest and smartest one...

15 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!

I'm a Jew writing this and Jews are smarter than anybody else. I know Solomon should be #1 on the list. He was the smartest person who ever lived. One of the things he can do is talk to animals, they'll understand him, and talk to him back.

Read about Solomon in chapter 3 verse 12 in the KJV bible

"Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo I have given the a wise and an understand heart; so that there was none like the before the, neither after the shall any arise like unto the."

Jesus Christ should be the first, then following would be Solomon since god gave him the intelligence and wisdom to rule a country fairly, Solomon was the wisest man (remember man)on earth. Following I believe would be King David

16 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.

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!

I saw him on the list and I was too curious to avoid looking him up and seeing his descriptions and works and such. I am absolutely convinced that he should be quite a lot higher up on the list than this.

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.

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.

Mahatma Gandhi was a kind and peaceful man who fought for India's independence with non-violent demonstations. Maybe he was quite brilliant and intelligent but he was not know for any kind of work in science. He perhaps was more in literature and thoughs, which makes him less popular than Albert Einstein. Maybe he could change the world more if he had lived longer, and been dominating this list?

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
He was replaced as leader by Jawaharlal Nehru.
Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (250 mi) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942.

He is one of the simplest men on Earth who never live with luxury like those other oh so called "leaders". Though I didn't come from the country he fought for, I can see that he is a role model. I have read every articles about him and I can see that many of us admire him.

18 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.

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.

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.

Listening to Mozart is like witnessing some kind of divine revelation... But I voted without really stopping to think and if I had that vote again I would vote for Rothko. In the work of Rothko I see myself, I see Rothko and I come to know that communication with another human being is not just possible but also a truly sublime experience.

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.

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

The guy structured math, and it influenced the entire scientific and mathematical body of knowledge ever since. He's clearly a genius. I won't pretend that I fully understand his stuff though, so I'll just stop talking now.

His name sounds like a dinosaur.

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.

Hitler was a dysfunctional loser but Pythagoras and others here were major contributors to humanity. Hitler killed millions

20 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?...

21 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..

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

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.

22 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 in its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. Abraham Lincoln was born in Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. more.

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.

Because He was a great guy always honest and the 17th president of the United States
Maybe he was the smartest president of the United States

Smartest American president in history and the only person capable of preserving the fragile Union of the United States.

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

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

Many geniuses are ahead of their time. A few of them such as Newton might have been a century ahead of their time, whereas Archimedes with some of his developments and inventions such as infinitesimal calculus and using mathematics to describe the natural phenomenon (Archimedes' principle) might have been a millennium ahead of his time.

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

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 am very surprised to see that this beautiful creation of a woman is in 25 place!
I want you to note that she is the only woman this list. OMG

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 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?

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.

25 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.

Come on with I.Q well above the value of hawking and even einstien, he has an identical memory, NO: 1 in my book everyday of the week

Guys he thought 150 moves ahead in the chess game with all the varations awesome vote for him

A deadly combination of intelligence and determination.

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