Top Ten Smartest People Living in 2013

A ranking of the ten smartest people alive (in reactive existence) in 2013.

The Top Ten

1 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

Totally agree. This man has some serious brain muscles! - Britgirl

He's perfectly smart and intelligent. He is a true champion that too with ALS!

He has that cool wheel chair.


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2 Edward Witten

He's humble and kind which would be the first quality that IQ requires. Regarding string theory and his ability to demonstrate the beauty and harmony of mathematical formulas, he concentrates on the present questions more so than the past.The past is relevant as well, but what we mostly know so far are approximations of the whole. He embraces the uncertainty principle in a variety of his views and is leading the science community by example. Whether in theory, the lab, or stretching uncertainty, he represents the capacity of what humans should become. Thank you Edward for all you do.

Evidence of Edward Whitten's true brilliance is very simple to find in that he is the most highly revered physicist by the vast majority of other brilliant people in the field of physics. I think it is fair to say that anytime a group composed of 100s of the most elite minds on earth say that Ed is the most intelligent person... he most likely is!

My son studied under Stephen Hawking and also met and discussed String theory with Ed Witten. My son said Ed Witten is by far the cleverer person.

Far more impressive than other based on phenomenal work and breaktrough already realized

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4 Murray Gell-Mann

He has dominated Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics for decades, discovered laws of weak and strong interactions. In fact, almost everything what we know today about forces in universe formulated by him starting at a very early age. He has also influenced some other areas of modern sciences such as linguistics. Quantum Chromodynamics and quarks are his inventions. Hands down, he is the smartest man alive (even Richard Feynman could not compete with him).

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5 Frederick Sanger

One of the greatest scientists in the world in 2013. Like Marie Curie, he won two Noble Prize, but unlike Marie Curie, his contribution to the world is by far greater than her. Radium and Polonium? I would say the radiation effect wasn't discovered by her and the discoverers of Oxygen and Hydrogen are greater than her.

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6 Grigori Perelman

Famously turned down the Fields Medal, after solved the Poincare conjecture in 2006, the most famous open problem in topology. - JohannGoethe

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

How is Messi on this list?!

Bill Gates did not change the way people live. Steve Jobs did. Bill Gates may have invented the Windows, and Apple may be overrated, but Steve Jobs beat Bill Gates to it.

Changed the way people live

He is so cool

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

Very smart man

Former child prodigy; cited with IQ of 211-230; known for: mathematics, green "tao theorem; Fields Medal age 31; Top 10 Smartest Person Alive (2012). - JohannGoethe

He has an iq of 228. This is the highest in the world.

9 Warren Buffett

His financial intelligence is that of a genius

At age 16, had read at least one hundred books on business; shortly thereafter, he entered the Wharton School of Finance, wherein upon arrival he reported that ‘he knew more than the professors’; from 1965 to 2005 has produced an annual average return of 21.5%, a feat unsurpassed, becoming, along with Gates, one of the world's top five wealthiest persons. - JohannGoethe

10 Benjamin Carson

Raised by a illiterate single mother he would go on to become one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons of the world; director of pediatric neurosurgery of Johns Hopkins by 33; and in 1987, made medical history by being the first surgeon in the world to successfully separate siamese twins (the Binder twins) conjoined at the back of the head. - JohannGoethe

He proved that a negative background can never stop one from becoming the best, considering that he and his brother were raised by a single depressed mother who was illiterate and who supported her family through working as a domestic worker.

Not only smart but an overabundance of common sense

The Contenders

11 Michio Kaku Michio Kaku

Brilliant thinker. Listen to his talk on the Kardashev scale

The Kardashev scale was very interesting when I listened about it

12 Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

He's smart because he don't ask for attention like Cristiano Ronaldo do

A champion... And quitE living

Why is a football clever

How the hell is he on this list
He just run around a field kicking a ball

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13 Noam Chomsky
14 Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics for his contributions with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow to the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles. V 1 Comment
15 Iggy Pop Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.
16 Marky Ramone
17 Kip Thorne
18 Magnus Carlsen
19 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. V 2 Comments
20 Sage the Gemini Sage the Gemini

Unfortunately suffered serious brain damage due to a drug overdose.

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