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 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.

Hi died a month ago

Smartest guy

In the honor of Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) - yanzchenthebest

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

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.

Ed Witten is the smartest man in human history. Hawking is overrated and just a media figure.

3 Christopher Hirata

Totally the smartest... why I don't know... heh

At age 3, he entertained himself, at the grocery story, by calculating the total bill of items in his parent's shopping cart, item-by-item, by weight, quantity, discounts, and sales tax; youngest medalist ever (age 13) of the International Physics Olympiad; age 14, entered Caltect and two years later began working with NASA on a project exploring the possibility of colonizing Mars; age 16 cited with IQ of 225; age 17 penned a “Physics of Relationships” theory based on chemical thermodynamics, chemistry, quantum mechanics, and people defined as reactive molecules; age 23, Princeton PhD on weak gravitational lensing; currently working on the "dark matter" and the "accelerating universe" problems jointly at CalTech and Ohio University. Top 10 Smartest Person Alive (2012). - JohannGoethe

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).

Taught himself calculus at age 7; in 1961, he (and Kazuhiko Nishijima) to introduce a classification scheme for hadrons, elementary particles that participate in the strong interaction; in 1964, he and George Zweig, independently, went on to postulate the existence of quarks” (a term coined by Gell-Mann), particles of which hadrons are composed; co-founded the Santa Fe Institute think tank; typically ranked in the top 50 greatest physicists of all time. - JohannGoethe

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.

One of four people (including Curie, Pauling, and Bardeen) to have ever one two Nobel Prizes; one for the structure of the insulin molecule; the other for virus nucleotide sequencing; quote: “I and my colleagues have been engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. ” - JohannGoethe

6 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

Just so you no, first guy, Steve jobs is DEAD

7 Grigori Perelman

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

8 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

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 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

He's a smart dude and so very calm

13 Noam Chomsky Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, political activist, and social critic.
14 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.

Steven weinerg number 1 physicist.

15 Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.
16 Kip Thorne
17 Marky Ramone
18 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team.

He is also smart not matter

He is amercing athlete

19 Andeassirma Simbre

She is so great

20 Magnus Carlsen
21 Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. more.

No offense to her, but why is she on here? - Ziafour

Though her clothes are crazy no body can invent them she'so smart

22 Sage the Gemini Sage the Gemini is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Fairfield, California. He is probably most well known for being featured on the Flo Rida song "GDFR."

Unfortunately suffered serious brain damage due to a drug overdose.

Not smart asss above chomsky lmfao

23 Brian Cox
24 Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.

How is shakira higher than Tyson

The modern day Carl Sagan - ethanmeinster

25 Alexander Romero

This is ME I have an IQ of 144 I knew 3 languages by the time I was four years old.

26 Tommy Ramone Thomas Erdelyi, better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer, musician, and songwriter.
27 Sarah Palin Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the ninth Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 Presidential election running with the Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Senator more.

When all the other politicians are corrupt fools, Sarah Palin stands up for America. She knows that every day is the right day to "drill, baby drill", and she would never raise taxes on the wealthy. I salute you Sarah Palin for being a true American.

28 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political more.

No one writes better and smarter lyrics bot even bob Dylan

29 Roger Federer Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player. He has held the world No. 1 spot more.
30 Elain Guo
31 Elaine Guo
32 The Queen of England
33 Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.

As well as being a really awesome sunger, she has an IQ of 140! The average is 90, if you fall below 70 then you have mental problems. But over 125 is considered superior intelligence. Shakira has 140. And, let's be fair, she is super hot.

34 Robert Downey Jr. Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.
35 Richard Dawkins Clinton Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is known for his books The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The God Delusion. He is also known for coining the word "meme" in 1976, although the word is most commonly used to describe internet memes of today. more.
36 Daniel Dennett
37 Marilyn Vos Savant
38 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.
39 Boyko Borisov

He is a former fire-man and deputy minister of Internal Affairs. Later became electes a Mayor of Sofia, BG. Few years later become a Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Europe. Communists hate him and try to overthrew him, but he always manage to survive.

40 Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
41 Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
42 John Carmack
43 Salman Khan Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan, credited as Salman Khan, is an Indian film actor, producer, singer and television personality.

Definitely check out Khan Academy. It's a very useful website.

44 Jayant Narlikar
45 Achyut Godbole
46 Toby Fox
47 Matthew Patrick The Game Theorists is a YouTube channel that centers around gaming. They have shows such as: Game Theory, The Science of, Sidequesting and Digressing, Crossover, Game Change, Culture Shock and a Brief History. This channel is mainly argued against for their game theory content.
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