- Judit Polgar
Polgar was a child prodigy becoming a grand master at the age of 11 and the present is the only chess player in the world chess federation’s top 100 players list. Polgar has touted as the most talented female chess player of all time. Polgar is the only woman to have won a game from a current world number 1 player and has defeated 9 current or former world champions. Apparently Polgar was raised by her father as a project to prove that geniuses are made not born.
- Chris Hirata
Hirata has an IQ of 225, at age 3 he entertained himself at the grocery store by calculating the total bill items in his parents shopping cart item by item by weight, quantity, discounts and sales tax. At the age of 4 he became a part of Cal Tech and just 12 he took up college level courses in physics and calculus and won a gold medal at International Physics Olympiad at 13. He is currently teaching Astrophysics at California Institute of Technology and he’s only 31 years old. Hirata deserves a mention on the list for his achievement as the youngest American at 13 to win a gold medal in the International Physics Olympiad in 1996.
- Stephen Hawking
Guest appearances on TV shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama and Star Trek – The Next Generation have helped cement English astro-physicist Stephen Hawking’s place in the pop culture domain. Hawking was born in 1942 and in 1959 when he was 17 years old he received a scholarship to read physics and chemistry at Oxford University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and then moved on to Cambridge to study Cosmology. Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 21. Hawking became depressed and almost gave up on his studies. However inspired by his relationship with his fiancee and soon to be first wife Jane Wilde, he returned to his academic pursuits and obtained his PhD in 1965. Hawking is perhaps best known for his pioneering theories on black holes and his best-selling 1988 book ” A Brief History of Time”.
- Terence Tao
During a family gathering, Tao the two year old would teach a five-year-old child arithmetic in English, at nine he had reached college level and obtained a master’s degree at 16 and in 1988 at the age of just 13 became the youngest gold medal recipient in International Mathematical Olympiad history. A record that still stands today that he has won several awards and is the youngest professor at UCLA. He is also one of only two children in the history of the John Hopkins study of Exceptional Talent Programme to have achieved a score of 700 or more in the SAT math section.
- Evangelos Katsioulis
Greek Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis made headlines in his home country when he won the World Genius Directories 2013 Genius of the year award. According to the site his IQ is a remarkable 198. He apparently scored 205 on the stanford-binet scale with a standard deviation of 16. Born in Iowa Nia in 1976 Katsioulis studied at Greece’s Aristotle University of Thessaloniki earning a master’s in science and medical research and Technology, a master’s degree in philosophy and a PhD in psychopharmacology. He is currently a member of 28 IQ societies including the exclusive Giga Society. Only one in 30 billion people will match his intelligence levels.
- Ruth Lawrence
Born in 1971 British mathematician and former child prodigy Ruth Lawrence made many headlines in 1985, when at just age 13 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oxford University. Gaining a start first another degree this time in physics. In 1990, she was made a junior fellow at Harvard and after a stint at the University of Michigan. She took on an associate professorship in 1997. Lawrence is currently an associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Einstein Institute of Mathematics.
- Richard Rosner
US television writer and pseudo-celebrity Richard Rosner is an unusual case. You’d be amazed by this guy’s career as he claims to have been employed as a stripper, doorman, male model and a waiter. He has written for several TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and is famous for his appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He also has a bit of a competitive streak as despite placing second in the World Genius Directories 2013 Genius of the year award behind Psychiatrist Evangelos Katsioulis. He took to reading for 20 hours a day in order to try and outdo it.
- Edward Witten
String theory, N theory, quantum gravity and super symmetry to these words sound familiar to you, well this man has contributed plenty to these. As a physicist, he has been described as the most brilliant physicist of his generation and the world’s greatest living theoretical physicist. He’s also part of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world with accolades like the Fields Medal, the direct prize, the Albert Einstein metal and the numerous prize in mathematics.
- Christopher Langan
Christopher Langan is an American autodidact with an IQ reported to be between 195 and 210. He has been described as the smartest man in America as well as the smartest man in the World by the media. He began talking at 6 months and taught himself to read when he was 3. He has developed the theory of the relationship between mind and reality which he calls The Cognitive Theoretical Model of the Universe. What’s even more intriguing is that he dropped out of college and then worked as a doorman to eventually develop his Cognitive Theoretical Model of the Universe.
- Garry Kasparov
He is Russia’s chess grand master, who became the youngest undisputed world champion at the age of 22. He beat the then champion and totally Kasparov after a head-on battle in 1985. Kasparov held the official world title recognized by the International Chess Federation until 1993. He has held the position of world number 1 ranked player for 3 times longer than anyone else and in 1996 he famously took on IBM computer deep blue winning with a score of four to two. He has a reported IQ of 190.