The 10 Smartest People On The Planet And Their Iq

A recent study has chosen the ten most brilliant thinking heads in the world.

Who are the smartest people in the world?

A recent study has chosen the ten most brilliant thinking heads in the world ; the smartest people on the face of the Earth. All these geniuses belong to 0.5% of the population with an IQ greater than 140 points, the figure that is considered to mark the limit between  giftedness and genius. 

In a previous article we talked about the  personality traits of geniuses, but today we will put a face, first and last name to some of them.

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People with the highest IQ (intelligence quotient) on the planet

Among the chosen, many familiar faces. This list made by the Super Scholar entity has selected ten subjects who will combine an IQ above 140 with a great performance in their professional life.

Various physicists in positions of honor

Number one on the list is the brilliant physicist  Stephen Hawking, with an IQ of 160 points. With his famous research on the origin of the universe or the theories of space-time, Hawking is considered one of the most prolific and outstanding scientists of our time. Suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, he has been severely disabled since his youth, a condition that has not prevented him from studying in depth the world of matter and offering lectures around the globe.

One of the most notable cases among those chosen is that of  Kim Ung-Yong, a South Korean who since childhood was already reported as an extraordinary case of a child prodigy. With only 3 years of life, Ung-Yong knew how to read Korean, Japanese, English and German, entering as a guest at Hanyang University to study Physics. At the age of 16 he completed his doctorate in Physics, to later work for NASA. His incredible IQ of 210 points is one of the highest ever reported.

Other well-known names in the world of strategy and mathematics

In this top ten of brilliant minds we also find the mythical Russian chess player  Gary Kasparov, with an IQ of 190, who inaugurated his mandate as chess king at the age of 22, defeating another magnificent: Anatoly Karpov.  Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, also appears on the list with an IQ of 170, while the famous English mathematician  Andrew Wiles, who proved the solution to  Fermat’s Theorem, considered by many mathematicians to be the most complex problem of mathematics reports 170 IQ points.

An actor in the top 10 of the smartest

Another curious name on the list is that of actor  James Woods, winner of three Emmy Awards , who recently starred in the acclaimed series Shark . During his university entrance exams, Woods approached perfection in the global mark, also achieving a complete score (800 points out of 800 possible) in the verbal skills test. Before his foray into Hollywood, Woods studied linear algebra as a student at the prestigious MIT institute. His IQ is 180.

More astrophysicists and researchers

The list is completed by the Korean physicist  Cristopher Hirata, who at 16 was already working at NASA in astrophysics and future expeditions to Mars, and who reports an IQ of, attention, 225 points.  Terence Tao, Australian researcher of Hong Kong descent on representation theory. He was also a child prodigy, and his IQ is 230 points, no less, which is probably the highest IQ of a person currently in life.

The chess player Judit Polgár, the only woman on the list

The list of the most intelligent is closed by the Hungarian chess player  Judit Polgár, the only woman on the list, and also the only woman to have managed to appear among the 10 highest-rated chess players in the world rankings, achieving it in 1996. Lastly, the scriptwriter TV  Rick Rosner, the creator of the series CHiPs and developer of television platforms, with an IQ of 192 points. He is perhaps the genius with a less orthodox life, as he has worked as a nightclub doorman, actor, streaper …

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