Top 10 People With The Highest IQ Ever Recorded

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Most of the people want to know who has the highest iq on the world or what is the highest iq. We listed top 10 people who has the highest ig score ever recorded.

There is always an argument to be made when talking about intelligence on whether a person inherits their intelligence or if they acquire it by learning as much as possible about the world around them. The nature versus nurture argument isn’t new as it has been overly debated in academic circles for ages, although a compromise has yet to be reached. At this point in time, the best way to quantify a person’s intelligence to some extent is to subject them to an IQ test.

These tests are designed to establish the intelligence quotient of a person based on a specific set of qualifications and to this day, it is the most effective way to find out just how quick a person’s brain is when it comes to problem-solving and recognizing patterns. Over the next few minutes, we’ll remind ourselves of the people who throughout the years, have scored the highest ever recorded scores when solving IQ tests.

Stephen Hawking – IQ 160

Stephen Hawking




It would only be fair to start off with one of the most renowned theoretical physicists who have ever lived. Professor Hawking is not only the author of ‘A Brief History of Time’, which is one of the most critically acclaimed works regarding the Big Bang Theory, but also one of the most respected physicists in the world today. It therefore comes at no surprise that he is viewed as a symbol of clear thinking and intelligence by millions of people from all over the world.

Albert Einstein – IQ 160-190

Albert Einstein

We should point out right from the start that although Albert Einstein had never taken an IQ test, most experts agree that his IQ was somewhere between 160 and 190. Renowned for his work in the field of theoretical physics, Albert Einstein is viewed as one of the smartest people who have ever lived and rightfully so.

Most people know him for developing the theory of relativity which redefined the way generations of physicists have viewed the world around them, but also for his work in discovering the law of the photoelectric effect, which is a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

Judit Polgar – IQ 170

Judit Polgar

Interestingly enough, Judit was just 15 years old when she acquired the rank of grandmaster chess player, which makes her the youngest person in history to do it. As you would imagine, she is considered by many to be the most influential woman in the history of chess along with being one of the greatest chess players who ever played the game. Upon taking an IQ test at some point in her younger years, Judit registered a staggering score of 170, which is quite impressive, to say the least.

Leonardo da Vinci – IQ 180-190

Leonardo da Vinci




Leonardo da Vinci’s IQ is also speculated given the fact that he never took an IQ test while he was alive, mostly because of the fact that IQ tests weren’t really a thing back then. Still, judging by how far ahead of his time the great polymath was, it wasn’t hard for experts to speculate on his IQ, which they believe to have been around the 180-190 mark.

What’s interesting is that there haven’t really been any attempts to discredit his projected IQ score seeing how he is widely believed to be one of the smartest human beings who have ever lived.

Marilyn Vos Savant – IQ 190

Marilyn Vos Savant





According to the Guinness Book of World Records, author and columnist Marilyn Vos Savant was the world’s smartest person at some point in the 1980s. Although she owed most of her popularity to her IQ score, she was also a quite accomplished author in her own right. At the same time, her famous ‘Ask Marilyn’ column was quite a hit back in the day, with people everywhere flooding to ask her questions on academic subjects and to propose puzzles for her to solve.

Garry Kasparov – IQ 194

Garry Kasparov

To this day, Garry Kasparov is seen as the greatest chess player of all times, which may explain why people rightfully presumed that he must have a high IQ as well. From his professional debut in 1986 and up to his retirement in 2005, Garry Kasparov ranked #1 for 225 out of the total 228-month span of his career, which is the best form ever recorded for a chess grandmaster to this day.

Kim Ung-Yong – IQ 210

Kim Ung-Yong

Child prodigy Kim Ung-Yong was so intellectually gifted that by the time he was 3 years old, he had already learned how to read English, Korean, German, and Japanese. He later moved to the United States where he eventually got a job at NASA where he worked for almost 10 years before abandoning his career at the space agency to return home to his native South Korea to become a teacher for personal reasons.

Christopher Hirata – IQ 225

Christopher Hirata

Christopher Hirata was another kid prodigy, having won a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad of 1996, becoming the youngest American to ever win the distinction. Just one year later at the age of 14, he joined the California Institute of Technology. After finishing his studies at the age of 22, he received a Ph.D. from Princeton, followed by his relocation to California where he remains to this day, teaching astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology.

Terence Tao – IQ 225-230

Terence Tao




Just like the last two gifted individuals we talked about, Terence Tao was also a child prodigy, one that devoted his entire life to studying the field of mathematics. In 2006, he received the Fields Medal for excellence and innovation in mathematics, followed by a 2012 Crafoord Prize in mathematics, which are two of the highest distinctions a mathematician can receive. At this point in time, Terence works as a professor at the University of California in LA.

William James Sidis IQ 250 – 300

William James Sidis




Having joined the prestigious Harvard University at the tender age of 11, William James Sidis became one of the youngest people to ever do so. Not only that but he was also one of the youngest mathematics teachers in academia. Up until the moment of his unexpected death at the age of 46, William was known not only for his mastery of mathematics but for becoming conversant in over forty languages and dialects.

We should point out that William was involved in a lot of controversy throughout his life, both for his political beliefs but also because of his eccentric personality. It is for this reason that despite his extraordinary intelligence, he is still viewed as a controversial figure by most historians.

 

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