Top 10 Smartest People In History


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21 Socrates Socrates

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?

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

"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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22 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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23 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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24 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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25 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

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

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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26 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.

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

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.

I am sure he is the most genius of all human geniuses to have ever existed.

But first I will have to give some thought...

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27 Karl Marx Karl Marx

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.

No matter political beliefs he was one of the most inspirational people in history.

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28 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 through its Civil War - 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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29 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.

He can't even read! So we would never know his true intelligence. - 7farema

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30 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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31 Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Was the original Batman. No, really.

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

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

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

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32 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

He should be in the top 5 at least

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33 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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34 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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35 J.S. Bach J.S. Bach

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

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

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 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).

Yes he was way ahead of his time...
One thing more where is Buddha?

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38 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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39 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

40 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
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