Top 10 Smartest People In History


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41 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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42 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.

Attended Harvard at age 14 and could learn/understand a language after a day

He passed the Harvard enrollment test at the age of nine, but rejected by Harvard because his age is too young.

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43 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.

44 Sun Tzu

Art of war can be applied in most any reg life situation if tweaked a little.

He is possibly the greatest general that ever lived. Most of his teachings are being followed today.

Just because he's Chinese, doesn't mean he does not belong in the top 20

"Bitch I wrote art of War so Your Guns Getting Down, These White boys gettin burn guess what now Sun's Out" - FantasticEnder

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45 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

I knew frank would be here he's a genius he speaks almost as if he created life he can't lose an argument and never has a conversation with nothing to say he's pure genius

If this were true he missed is calling, he should have written some books instead of making music. No glory for you Frank, back of the line.

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46 Julius Caesar Julius Caesar

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

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47 Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Absolute genius, no two ways about it. Why on earth is she beneath Noah though?

Because some stupid idiot thinks that Noah is smarter because he built a boat. - ARandomPerson

I think her knowledge is WAY ahead of time?...;-0

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48 Niels Bohr Niels Bohr Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr was also a philosopher and a promoter of scientific research.

Without him atom will be no more

49 Gautama Buddha Gautama Buddha Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

Gautam Buddha is the Light of Asia!.. The Largest Continent!. Buddha Was Born in Nepal ( The Land of Highest Peak.. Mount Everest! ).. And he as the Largest Follower in the world!...

He figured out the exact nature of mind... Nothing is more important in the history of history. I am aghast he's not number 1.

He was a scientist... He should come under top 10...

Buddha is the smartest person in the world. He never made any mistake during his 45 years of teachings. All teachings were spot on and accurate. I haven't seen anybody of this nature in my life.

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50 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!

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

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

He is by far the best mathematician to have ever lived. Gauss didn't come close to him. He discovered everything. I'd say only einstein and Hawkins can compare to his genius.

His mathematics concepts is uncomparable to any human being that has ever lived!

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52 Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization Ba'ath Party – Iraq Region—which more.

No he's not and neither was he that intelligent he was an oppressive dictator who hanged for his crimes sorry but it's true

He was one of the wisest men, yall white asses so full of the tings the media bring to ya, and believe them. He was smart becuase the Americans attempted to gain oil for a really cheap price from the arabian countries, and he was like "NO you guys are idiots, why are you giving them oil for such a cheap price?! " this almost got to the people, however the Americans (once again) made up stuff, and using the media to make him look like some oppressive dictator to get rid of him easily, so america could get back to what they was doing, but yall wouldn't know because you's white and america owns the media, so what ever they put on it, everyone believes it.

If he was really the 40th smartest person in the world, we would have lost the Gulf War a long time ago...

He is a good Muslim

53 Mileva Marić

Behind every smart man is an even smarter woman.

She was Einstein wife.

54 John Locke John Locke John Locke FRS was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism".

John Locke KNOWS the island like the island knows him! He knows that the island will keep dragging people back no matter what and he is the only one that understands that the people on the island need the island as much as the island needs them! He is the Lord of the island.


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55 Imhotep Imhotep Imhotep (c. 2650–2600 BC) was an Egyptian polymath who served under the Third Dynasty king Djoser as chancellor to the pharaoh and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. He is considered the first architect, engineer, and physician in history.

Google Imhotep. He (or She- see statue) should be on the list and #1- just for the great pyramid, invention of columns, paper, medicine, non-religious scientific thought sanctioned by the state - much of Greek thought came from this one person who's grave is yet to be located but known to be lavish.

All knowledge came out of Africa. He shared his knowledge with all who came to study it and though many would suppress this none can deny it. Simply the father of all modern knowledge on the great subjects.

He built the Step Pyramid in Egypt without mechanized computer architecture. He was so amazing that the Egyptians turned him into the god of Architects.

Without this Egyptian genius many of the listed above would not have been able to make any accomplishments. He is also known as Imouthes by the Greeks. Some of his accomplishments include the world's first named architect who built Egypt's first pyramid, the world's first doctor, a priest, scribe, sage, poet, astrologer, and vizier.

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56 Terence Tao Terence Tao Terence "Terry" Chi-Shen Tao is an Australian-American mathematician who has worked in various areas of mathematics.

He was doing university level maths at around 9 years old. Imagine how he would be like now!

The smartest Australian ever how is he not top 10

He is very, very smart and intelligent

He is Should be top 3 or 4...

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57 Mihajlo Pupin

Underrated people, there is Always a reason why they are underrated. Not only Mihajlo Pupin, but Mileva Maric (Wife of Einstein) also and the greatest genius of all time Nikola Tesla.

58 Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal

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

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

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

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

Should be number one, hands down

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

Easily the most clever man

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60 Patanjali

Patanjali was an eminent sage, who removed the impurities of the mind through yoga, of speech through grammar, and of the body through medicine. He is the compiler of the Yoga Sūtras, an important collection of aphorisms on Yoga practice.

He founded Yoga! Isn't that enough?

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