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World’s Most Intelligent Person – Intelligent People – Highest IQ Ever Recorded

Updated on October 19, 2015

Kim Ung Yonga

The world’s most intelligent person is not the world’s richest person such as Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú with a net worth of $73 billion, Microsoft founder Bill Gates with a $67 billion fortune, Spain's Amancio Ortega with a net worth of $57 billion, Berkshire Hathaway boss Warren Buffett with a net worth of $54 billion, or Oracle's founder, Larry Ellison, with a net worth of $41 billion. The world’s most intelligent person has been speculated to be Kim Ung Yonga of Korea.

At the age of only four years, Kim Ung Yonga could solve integral calculus problems. Kim Ung Yonga mental scale had an IQ of 210 which he scored at Stanford-Binet test. At 3, Kim Ung Yonga could speak Japanese, Korean, German, and English languages fluently.

Kim Ung Yonga - The world’s most intelligent person
Kim Ung Yonga - The world’s most intelligent person

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Kim Ung Yonga was born on March 8, 1962 to parents who were both professors. Kim attended Colorado StateUniversity where he obtained a Ph.D. in Physics at age 16. Upon return to South Korea, Kim decided to switch from physics to civil engineering where he also obtained a Ph.D in civil engineering.


As a child Kim portrayed normal social skills just like any other average child.

Marilyn vos Savant - The world’s most intelligent woman
Marilyn vos Savant - The world’s most intelligent woman

Marilyn vos Savant

And just like any other title, every country would want to have the world’s most intelligent person. Among many others who can be given the title of the world’s most intelligent person is Marilyn vos Savant. Marilyn vos Savant was born August 11, 1946 in USA and is of German and Italian ancestry. Her IQ is very controversial and has varied between 167, 180, 195, 215, and 230.

Marilyn has been writing the column “Ask Marilyn” where she specializes in solving puzzles of logic and mathematics together with answering questions about philosophy, physics, politics, education, and human nature.

Christopher Michael Langan - The American's most intelligent man
Christopher Michael Langan - The American's most intelligent man

Christopher Michael Langan

Another contender for the title is Christopher Michael Langan. Langan was born in 1952 and is reported to be one of the smartest persons in America.  Lagman IQ has been been measured at between 195 and 210. Langan has his own theory of the relationship between mind and reality and which he calls the "Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe”

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More Intelligent People

1. William James Sidis with an IQ ranging 200 to 300

2. Johann Goethe with an IQ of 225

3. Hugo Grotius with an IQ of 200+

4. Thomas Wolsey with an IQ of 200+

5. Engineer Philip Emeagwali with an IQ of 190

6. World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov with an IQ of 190

7. Sir Isaac Newton with an IQ of 190

8. Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) with an IQ 190

9. Ludwig Wittgenstein with an IQ 190

10. Leonardo da Vinci with an IQ of 180

11. Actor James Woods with an IQ of 180

12. Buonarroti Michelangelo with an IQ of 180

13. David Hume with an IQ 180

14. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an IQ of 180

15. Blaise Pascal with an IQ of 171

16. Microsoft Founder Paul Allen with an IQ of 160

17. Martin Luther with an IQ of 170

18. Michael Faraday with an IQ of 170

19. Galileo Galilei with an IQ of 165

20. Albert Einstein with an IQ of 160

21. Charles Darwin with IQ of 150

22. George Washington with an IQ of 140


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      Eve Ngure 7 years ago


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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I didn't see George W. Bush. And I wonder how the numbers were arrived at for people who lived before I.Q. tests were invented??

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      ngureco 7 years ago

      George W. Bush has a high IQ? George W. Bush may have an IQ of 115 – one of the lowest IQ of all presidents of past 60 years or so - but it doesn’t matter because IQs are given by God.

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      Sarah 7 years ago from Washington

      So, you base the intelligence of a person on how well they can take a test?! Have you taken some of the MENSA tests? It's all in the timing. You can be a genius one minute and a dunce the next. Mr. Kim Ung Yonga has got the right view... he is laughing at how easily misled people are. Who is the Real Genius? Evaluation of history will show that the people who have gotten credit for major inventions or breakthrough technology were not the original people(person) to come up with the idea or concept. They just happen to be the one(s) who apply it or end up making it known. We have a distorted way of appreciating and honoring the One who is Truly the Creator.

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      S K G Rao. 7 years ago from Bangalore City - INDIA.

      I think we have best IQ score scorable people in many jails.

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      redsoxfan33 7 years ago

      What about William James Sidis

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      lyricsingray 7 years ago

      wow-now that's fascinating, thanks

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      ngureco 7 years ago

      Thank you, Redsoxfan33. William James Sidis had exceptional mathematical and linguistic abilities. His IQ was “estimated” to range between 200 and 300.

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      Rose Kolowinski 7 years ago

      Interesting hub - thank you. I am a firm believer that you are born with your intelligence (or lack of it). But I have found the more MENSA type tests I practice with before I take an IQ test, the higher my score will be. The true test of someone's intelligence is what they accomplish with their gift.

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      joyfulplace 7 years ago

      Interesting facts. But is IQ measured on these standardized tests still equated with intelligence? I think we have moved away from that notion now.

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      Meranna 7 years ago

      Interesting, I enjoyed reading this.

      By the way, I think you have a typo for #18. I'm pretty sure you meant that Charles Darwin had an IQ of 150, not 15. Just thought you'd want to know.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's a fascinating read! Personally my IQ tests results falter ranging from 112 to 200 plus.You see, if you're applying for a certain high-paying job, HRD personnel still implement this procedure.

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      pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Very interesting! tickles my curiosity..thank you for sharing! :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This was very fascinating. After having read this, I'd like to find out what some other famous people I.Q.s are. Thank you.

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      Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

      I wish I was Kim Ung Yonga. Thumbs up for this one.

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      Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

      I read an article about Chris Langan and also about Oppenheimer. Geniuses spring up in the most unlikely places, but without the right opportunities their intellect doesn't always get used to the best advantage. Fascinating stuff.

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      Danton Young 7 years ago

      Awesome hub, I love learning about this kind of stuff. I think Einstein should have ranked higher.

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Ngureco, interesting hub. How did you compute Galileo's IQ?

      I have to agree with those commentators who noted that good ability at IQ test taking is not necessarily the same as intelligence under the pressure of a real life situation, or the best that a person can do when truly engaged by a subject.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Interesting hub. I wonder about the validity of IQ tests. I've tested anywhere between 121 and 147. Also wonder how the Galileo IQ of 165 was derived. A high IQ on the tests doesn't ensure good life skills or financial or commercial success, or happiness, for that matter. Still, interesting...well done, good job, thank you!

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      FeathersFeature 7 years ago

      Wow! What a neat article! Thanks for writing this one! I wonder what my IQ is, I haven't been tested in forever and I dont remember what the score was.

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      Mitch King 7 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

      This just goes to show that money does not equal intelligence.

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      lela 7 years ago

      My father is also a very successful man. He told me success is about two things: acquiring knowledge and going outside of your safety zone. One point of knowledge is about keeping yourself focused on your task and thinking of ways to get results, not like that other person, just employed who has a break and reads magazines, than having a break whilst still being available and alert. Success is about motivation, not really I.Q. It has to have rewards to keep you focused on the job.

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      lela 7 years ago

      Oops, not safety zone, comfort zone. I heard David Bowie once collapsed onstage from over-exhaustion, and high achieving personalities have a drink from the hard work, but risk into becoming like Bob Dylan or David Bowie, one too many, and another. Quite a different reason from just a drinker. Most successful people I know after work, have a few drinks. If one family member is successful and others aren't, it's not I.Q. because they all have about the same. And some are beneficiaries, some educated with a little money, and some straight into a trade or occupation focusing on the rewards of money and rich

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      joycie840 7 years ago

      interesting hub thanks for the info

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      joycie840 7 years ago

      interesting hub thanks for the info

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      waly alloush 7 years ago from shelby township

      good info thanks

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      MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Are you implying the relationship between intelligence and income is not inversely proportional to the relationship between.... ouch my brain hurts :P

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      Cranoo 7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very interesting :)

      I'm a highly intelligent person but I suffer in the area of maths seeing as I never paid attention in this subject, should this effect my IQ?

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      lela 7 years ago

      My family members who are very highly successful, for e.g. from poverty to a millionaire, then accumulating, in 10 years, leaving a marriage, and giving all away for say mum and the kids,then doing it again, I believe have schizotypical personality disorders. Self-sufficient, express turndowns of wanting anything from you, not needing to form close relationships, at the office, not seeing family, you go to them only, thickskinned, expects you to survive alone, go elsewhere, not near them and work alone. IQ doesn't seem to be a factor in our family. They all say they are not that bright, yet their faces are in magazines with interviewers asking for their comments. Slight change of actually giving to others in old age, but only ridgidly on the right occasion, obsessive-compulsive??? Very insensitive temperaments.And wouldn't care what you said about them in the slightest. Nice personalities? I don't really think so. Full of different personality disorders I think. But high achievement and wealthy. I mean none did very well at school. I think achievement and occupation gives others something to think it's an honour, but I think they've got problems

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      waly alloush 7 years ago from shelby township

      i have an iq of 2

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      lela 7 years ago

      To Cranoo

      No it doesn't effect your I.Q. It just means you have not stumbled across it before. My mother was a school teacher before higher professions and I finished school before form 5. I don't know words she knows, languages, literature, or maths. I believe it does effect the IQ tests. I remember asking her the same question and that was the reply she gave me. Also, I will do an IQ test and fall under the average population, where-as when I was at school, I was in all classes among the bright ones, and later seperated from main stream to do extra subjects, and not need help the average person wished. The only reason kids get to be bright at school is because of the strictness in the family home, not the IQ. In class we don't talk, we get to class. We do our homework. Or we get in trouble. More successful families have extremely strict homes to the point that to the average population, it is viewed your parents are mean. I left school and I've fallen on the tests. My father was not bright at all so left and did a trade, where-as my also not bright mother went the academic way. He has at least 6 times over the amount of money she has. In contrast I had some kids who began school with high grades, and I had chosen a father, pretty much the average guy. Not so much strictness, so they loved him more, same as why I chose him. When they decided to live with him instead because mum is mean, their school grades went down. Teachers once acknowledged them as very bright kids who came in the top 10 in NZ for maths and computing, living with me-to- by high school following years living with Dad, unable to pass exams, with teachers not convinced they are bright. None of my family would bother taking the tests. My kids are happy with Dad and I am happy I fought my way out of discipline. And I mean the brighties which is contraversial and the successful people have extremely strict families like you will not believe!!!! Like bed at 7 and if you get up once you are answerable plus talked to and if it happens again, punished. Like it doesn't matter what anyone else does, it's what you did. Their own kids are never sided with. Any turn in the wrong direction and you are yelled and screamed at. So in psychology at children 0-7, the kid learns fear of authority so in the class, the kid listens and learns and does not talk, so they learn day by day by day an accumulation of facts which is building up, so you take school tests for that age group, jump years at school, get put into seperated classes. My mother was called in and advised the school could not cater for me and I needed other materials. She said no. I want my kid to be like everyone else. I left school at form 5 and taking any test at my age of adulthood, my scores honestly are very low now. My mother worked helping kids behind in subjects for years and told me the kids are bright but they have lived overseas where the education is not as good, or the background such as kids not receiving books at home prior to school, or parents not interested in encouraging a child too much in this area for various reasons, or non-attendance. When they fall behind they think they are dumb. I have dated many guys who thought they were dumb at school and laughed at and I don't believe they actually are. It's about lifestyle and personalities. And you can throw something at most kids from a child and they would be genius. But the most important thing for everyone is to accept we are all individually different and love everyone and be our kindest to everyone to counteract our bad days and always stay with our family to be with them because true genius is who we are and how we can be there for everyone who feels just like us with our weaknesses. Be flexible with everyone and do not hate.

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      lela 7 years ago

      So you want to score a high IQ? Lets try for 12 months time. Bed is at 10 everynight. Door doesn't open. At the table by 6am. Chores. Chuck smokes out right now! Answer is no and all drugs and alcohol. Appointment for the Dr. Do as you are told and do not talk back to me. Be at work on time. There is no such thing as sick. You will only have similar type friends from my authority. After work, you will go to your room and study. Or you will ask in advance to see a friend for it to be okay. If not the kettle cord, police called in with us telling lies, us phoning others to tell and have them angry at you, including cutting off friends due to insolence or any measure or form to make you so frightened, will occur. You have no say. Now isn't this fun, it's a book, it's so exciting to learn. We will have fun over the next 12 months. I want to see 3 hours learning after work. (I need that cigarette!! Pain!) I see you are beginning to get creativity inside you caused by disciplinary hardship. Well done. People wish to see you. You write very well. Don't tell anyone you just wet your pants last week. And don't tell anyone about those marks I gave you. Or you will be punished more. Need the garden done and we clean the house every week. Genius is creativity. Creativity comes from hell. What you get out of life you really put in. You are also probably mentally disordered or close to it in some way. Congradulations, it has been 12 months, you look healthy from bed, food, exercise and your IQ is very high. Wet your pants again and you'll get another slash.

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      lilmissbubbles 7 years ago from Anywhere, USA

      I really think this is interesting from a higher education standpoint. It encourages young adults like myself to further our education. I need to hit the books!

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      lela 7 years ago

      Like money, investing it, and a compatible partner to educate each other with problems. Not books, accountbalance. "It is for the wealthy to have the priviledge to a great education so as to benefit others by passing on the knowledge." Quote, some book. Education is very expensive. A bank account is necessary to live. Company is necessary for happiness. From money then fame. From behaviour then achievement. From feeling blue or bored, love.

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      ausetkmt 7 years ago from Tampa, FL

      quite interesting indeed.

      you should write about those actresses

      who have high iq's like pam anderson.

      she is a member of mensa.

      very good hub

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      omi saide 7 years ago

      i took a mensa test and scored 169. i am still a poor(financially) disinfranchised black female. Money makes the difference in this material world and opportunity.

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      Chef Jeff 7 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      I've discovered that no matter how intelligent one is, there's always some official with the IQ of a tree standing in your way.

      Cheers (133, BTW)

      Chef Jeff

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      in the light urns 7 years ago from California

      Great Hub!

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      Cygnus76 7 years ago from ON

      nice hub :)

      wish i can as intelligent as some of these people are.


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      Linda C Smith 7 years ago from United States

      This was interesting. My husband is not known outside our circle of friends and family, but my brother refers to him as being "scary smart." My brother says my husband is the most intelligent person he's ever met...and my brother is a pretty smart guy.

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      KyonSOS23 7 years ago from Nabon

      Good information,I entertain with it.

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      I heard the highest IQ person was a bouncer at a bar.

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      Artin2010 7 years ago

      When one reaches a certain level of intellegence, that person often wishes they didn't KNOW so much so that they could be like the rest of a population and just fit in!

      Just to be happy, be average, be loving.

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      rvsource 7 years ago

      My dad, (rest his soul) used to refer to my older brother as an "educated idiot!" Now my brother is a teacher for a high school in Houston, Texas. He is just as smart as your average teacher, possibly smarter than some?

      My point is this, you can score high on an IQ test with math and other testing means, but fail miserably when it comes to everyday activities that we all face. I'm in sales and it requires me to think on my feet. I would fair pretty well on a typical IQ test, but I'm confident that when up against some of the people on your list I could leave some in the dust when it comes to selling a product.

      So the moral of the story is this. IQ tests are great, but having a degree in "street smarts" might be a better award to have hanging on your wall.

      Great hub though!


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      Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

      I enjoyed this hub. IQ is just a number like age which doesn't define a person. Even people with low IQ may have flashes of brilliance while their high IQ counterparts possibly waste time doing nothing with what they were born with.

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      samsungbeholdt919 7 years ago

      intresting, keep on hubbing

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I tuned in because I assumed this article was about me. Though initially disappointed, I overcame this and enjoyed your presentation. :D

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      Arpit Dave 7 years ago

      I am surprised by not seeing the name of Stephen Hawking in this elite listing!!! He is having the highest number PhD degrees in a single subject in the history of mankind!!!

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      Jeff Burnsed 7 years ago

      THE most intelligent person of all time..was King Solomon. Travel to Israel and see the remains of his many accomplishments. Read his thoughts in Proverbs, and then in Ecclesiastes, later in the Song of Solomon. Delve into the mind of pure genius when he describes riches, glory, honor, pleasures..and a life so very empty. One day we all pass away like grass. Knowing Christ, the Lord of all, brings fulfillment now, and for eternity. One day EVERY tongue will confess "the ultimate mind..the

      all-knowing one" as Lord. (Revalation 20:10-15)

      GEN Robert E Lee (a genius in his own right) said, "I am but a poor lost sinner, saved by grace." Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me..." Like the brilliant Wise Men of old...Wise men and HIM as Lord, God and Savior.

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      Chris.w 7 years ago

      What about dr john dee he had more books than the whole of britain had at the time He also wrote quite a few as well

      and dr john wilkins, christopher wren, isacc newton was among these and all have contributed some great knowledge.

      Don't forget Roger bacon.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Although ones IQ can be tested, what about common sense? Thanks for sharing.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this. As noted by many hubbers, doing well on intelligence tests is different from coping with the challenges of life. I wonder if intelligent people are happier as a result of their high intelligence?

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      Vizey 7 years ago

      Interesting hub.. thanks for teh information given in the hub..

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      Jack 7 years ago

      I think the fact he's Asian is a little bit sad. Anyone with any knowledge on the world would know at least some English. Most Asian people who migrate to our country have very poor English skills. Perhaps he cheated on his IQ test. I don't care If he thinks he is so much brighter than everyone else in the world, perhaps they should do an MRI scan of his brain to tell if he is actually that brainy. Being Japanese he is likely to eat so much sushi.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Excellent hub.Very interestingly I see that people with very high IQ do not guarantee that they will be innovative.thanks for sharing.

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      Fresh_Flower 7 years ago from London

      When people speak of their IQ level it sounds like they talk about their golf handicap... I keep lowering my golf handicap but I also feel like I lower my IQ level...

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      tanjones 7 years ago

      great information. want to know more about how to measure IQ.

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      E Cigarette 7 years ago

      Ive never taken an IQ test before.

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      sord87 7 years ago

      i wish one day sord87 as an inteliigent person of the world!nice hub!

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      S. Perry 7 years ago

      I enjoy reading articles like this. I have noticed that many of the more intelligent people in my life always choose a selfish path- myself included. It is a waste that some of the brightest of us choose not to do something for others with our minds. I love hearing about people using their insight and considerations to enlighten others and encourage open minds. Which all of us do just by interaction, but I like seeing it happen with a core of desire for helping others.

      Also...Jack...I hope that your post was a joke.

      I also wonder about transcending the knowledge of dark things in the world that comes with intelligence to balance that with a healthy view on things; seeing the bigger picture. I would love if the "most intelligent" men and women in the world wrote a book containing their insights into things I have cemented into my brain, so I could absorb new ideas to combat my sophistry.

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      Highest CD Rates 7 years ago

      This is really a nice list and I am amazed by reading about them all. I can not ever think about such a great IQs.

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      Krishna 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for this article, this made me to think about me, where i stands before this personalities.

      Very useful info.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      This is some hub.I learned more about I.Q.tests and testing than I knew all my years of school and college.I would love to see a follow up on the smartest people and what would there blog be if they could talk to one another once a week.Maybe we could all learn something

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      JS Matthew 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Well, I enjoyed the comments as well as the original hub! I do agree that a person's complete intelligence can't be estimated by standardized tests. For example? If I took a test in German (I don't understand German) and suppose I guessed at all the answers. Theoretically, I would get some right, even though I was guessing. I have to agree with some of the other comments that it's not so much who has the highest IQ or what not, but what a person does with their gifts is actually more important. As a side note, I took an IQ test in college and although I don't remember the score, the test administrator told me I was "Average". I was a little upset because I thought I was a genius! Lol! Keep up the good work-you know how to get people to respond! I will follow you on Hub Pages and I hope that you too, will follow me!

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      nicole 7 years ago

      That was superb read. I wish it was me who had at least half of that kind of money.Thanks again for the read and I hope to hear from you soon

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      englishsisters 7 years ago from Rome, Italy


      It's interesting to notice how intelligence gets you noticed!

      Bye, bye,

      The English Sisters

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      Nicks 7 years ago

      But, of course, we are also human - so we should also take into account emotional and intuitive intelligence. Surely, that is important too? Being bright is one thing - being a wonderful, rounded, cultured human being quite another. Are we too obsessed by the 'simplicity' of IQ?

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      tomretterbush 7 years ago from San Antonio, TX

      Do you know how they measured these scores back in the Dark Ages (or should I say Middle Ages?)? And even if they actually had compatible tests, how de we know the records have been accurately preserved?

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      luci 7 years ago

      wooooooowww,it's first time that i could find a blog about a woman with high IQ,i mean,there are lot of women with high IQ but i've never heard about them.

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      kobieta 7 years ago

      Fascinating how people can be so academically clever. But do IQ tests measure how creative you are, maybe as a sculpter? Do they measure how skilled you are with your hands? There is more to life than brainpower.

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      vivks 7 years ago

      very informative hub.

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      vivicksa 7 years ago

      nice and very 2 informative hub. keep on giving such hubs.

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      Andi 7 years ago

      amazing people. But, for survive, I think EQ have important role than IQ. IMO

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      FitnezzJim 7 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Good read. I think I recall from somewhere that our President Obama and the singer Madonna rank right up there with George Washington, all in the 140's.

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      Samuel Olasupo oluwaseyi  7 years ago

      Genius are born, archivers are made..look at the life of williams james cidis who was the most intelligent man after king solomon and jesus etc.. It was bad because he lacks character.. IQ is given but character is build, intelligence may take u some where, but its ur character thats sustain dat position and takes u further.. Look around u, u'll see a lot of geniuses around u but environment and circumstances have fraustrated dat god's given gift and it to something else... Or what will u say about a 5year old boy who have to hawk fruit on the street b4 he could eat at dat tender age, what about a 8year old without parents... What kind of character do the society builds into the life of dis people, yes its not an excuse but check the records and see the life of dis most intelligent men, their family background, environment and country. I AM NOT ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT PEOPLE, BUT I KNOW SOME VERY CLOSE TO ME... COME TO AFRICA

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      Lynne Duncan 7 years ago

      This is a great read - thank you!

      What I've experienced over the years of people who are highly intelligent is that they can find it difficult to cope with the mundane tasks in life (not very streetwise) and often don't have great people skills. Though perhaps this has something to do with the fact they get bored easily! Where would we be without the geniuses of this world. (I dread to think!)

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      Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Scoring on an IQ test is measured by the number of correct answers and the amount of time taken to finish the test. The more correct answers in less time equals a higher IQ. Two people take the test and both score 140. One answers 150 questions correctly in 30 minutes while the other answers 250 questions correctly in 48 minutes. Who has more intelligence?

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      adult toys 7 years ago

      Very interesting.

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      e cigarette wholesale 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. It was interesting.

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      MrSpock 7 years ago

      One can truly appreciate intelligent people! Now if they can just get on Wheel Of Fortune - I would watch that!

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      I'm surprised you didn't include Michael Kearney on your list he was the only child in American to attend college at the age of five years old and is considered to have an IQ close to three hundred. I remember seeing him in 60 Minutes about fifteen years ago.

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      By the way you wrote an excellent hub.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      This a very good hub, uh, have you checked your own IQ? Pretty darn good hub! : )

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      Alex 7 years ago

      And Tesla? What about the man who was by far the most important man in modern times.

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      Nutts 7 years ago

      Tesla was probably one of the most intelligent humans to ever exist, he is a very hidden dark secret for the united states, and its capitalist, all life as we know it was changed from Tesla, recenly iv read some new out coming articals of him work, however most is still top government classified.

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      praveen000 7 years ago from Good Old USA

      These things have always fascinated me. James Woods has a higher IQ than Einstein? WOW...

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      Jay 7 years ago

      Interesting how the list is all men with the exception of one woman who's results are very controversial..maybe men and women are equal but men simply have a great capacity for superior intelligence-generally speaking.

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      fiona_33 7 years ago from UK

      Terrific hub. Really useful information. I know IQ is the best measure of intelligence we have but I still don't think it's a true picture of a person's brain, ability, and so on.

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      naxim 7 years ago

      "An intelligent person is one who is constantly thinking about and preparing for death"

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      Rapidshare SE 7 years ago

      It is a very interesting! I wonder if the highest IQ influenced their salaries. In the majority of cases it doesn't.

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      vino 7 years ago

      wats tis i know my friend name arun he has 195 iq wanna see ??????????

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      arun 7 years ago

      i cant accept tis is not true my frnd vinoth ly having more iq more than 198 he can tell the number which comes next in roulette........ and he can make $10 into 1000

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      swapnilsrivastava 7 years ago

      i think i have a better I.Q like ALBERT EINSTIEN...........SALA GARIBI HAI NA....................... ISILIYE FAMOUS NAHI HAIN

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      LittleTim 7 years ago

      Would really love to know how they calculate the IQ of people like Newton, Darwin and Einstein?

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      warrioRR 7 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

      They are all awesome!

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      Millionheir 7 years ago

      IQ test don't really mean anything, what about autistic children...some people also had an educational advantage and kim younga's parents were so dedicated to educating him that they stayed home to teach him...a child's or adult's education is heavily dependent on the involvement of the parents

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      Patrick 7 years ago

      I was hoping to find something about Swedenborg. Is it true that Stanford University voted him as the most brilliant man ever lived?

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      This was a very interesting hub! IQ tests can be very controversial, but it's a measure we can use to help identify any gifts a person may have in the area of intelligence. Very well written.

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      uggcardy 7 years ago

      My father is also a very successful man. He told me success is about two things: acquiring knowledge and going outside of your safety zone. One point of knowledge is about keeping yourself focused on your task and thinking of ways to get results, not like that other person, just employed who has a break and reads magazines, than having a break whilst still being available and alert. Success is about motivation, not really I.Q. It has to have rewards to keep you focused on the job.

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      Video Express 7 years ago from Boston, MA

      Are most smart people asked to take an IQ test someday. I don't even know where I would go to take one.

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      paintball guru 7 years ago

      This was a fun read. It was particularly cool to see the names of famous persons paired with their overall IQ score. I didn't know the George Wasington was such a smarty. And I would have guessed that Einstein's IQ would be even higher. Very good post!

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      Sparhawke 7 years ago from Manchester

      Isaac Newton is without a doubt one of the smartest people who ever lived however once he had done his single great work on Gravity he never reached those heights again.

      It is almost as if he was only meant to share that knowledge with us and then to step aside for others.

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      Melissa_King 7 years ago

      I've heard many reports about very intelligent people have very little success in the real world. Simple smarts aren't always everything!

      Anyway, interesting hub!

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      Vardhan 7 years ago

      Very good information..

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Nice hub. Interesting and well written hub. Thank you

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      IQ scores are highly over-rated, no pun intended. Depends on many circumstances. I have met people with a low IQ rating yet very smart in their field of work and personal lives. For those of you out there who worry about a low IQ. Don't fret about it, you are the person God made you to be, we are all unique and not one of us the same. IQ tests are fun though:0)

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      Rismayanti 7 years ago from Tropical Island

      ur hub is great!.. I agrre with saddlerider comment, he is rignt, goood or bad person in live is not depent on iQ only.. everybody can sucsess with their IQ, EQ and good personality

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      Buffoon 7 years ago

      This Korean fellow sounds impressive! I wonder how Darwin's and Washington's IQs were calculated, though? Rought approximation based on their life work, words.... ?

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      uggcardy 7 years ago

      IQ scores are highly over-rated, no pun intended. Depends on many circumstances. I have met people with a low IQ rating yet very smart in their field of work and personal lives. For those of you out there who worry about a low IQ. Don't fret about it, you are the person God made you to be, we are all unique and not one of us the same. IQ tests are fun though:0)

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      shayari 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Quite impressive. I guess everyone is gifted in some way. We just need to reach our potential

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      Kim Hyon_IL 7 years ago

      He's my familyline or something.

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      hypnosis4u2 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Phd at 16 - gotta love it. But can he tie his shoelaces;)

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      hzahin 7 years ago

      Nice Hub.. just wonder, who create those 'IQ Test Questions'?

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      naveenkumar 7 years ago

      ya its amazing to learn about such great persons,, not only we should have the knowledge about the celebs but we should also know about these great personalities ... even i too feel that einstein must have rated in the top..

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      Brichmeister 7 years ago


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      francisco nioda 7 years ago

      if they are really genius,why they never use it to save our earth which is now in at risk?can't they invent something that can patch up our ozone layer?

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I am always intrigued with these smart people. It must be both wonderful and sometimes a curse. It is sometimes blissful to be ignorant. I spend a lot of time in bliss.

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      nica manio 7 years ago

      ..yeah its true..^_^

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      Aristotle 7 years ago


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      Dake 7 years ago

      God is a figment of your imagination!

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      websclubs 7 years ago

      Smart people imagination potential genius? Amazing success personalities...Quite impressive IQ. Circumstances or based on your life's work? cool fun read, nice hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      e cig 7 years ago

      Interesting, thanks for sharing :)

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      Kimberly Bunch 7 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      Great insight! Thanks for sharing.


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      Periasamy 7 years ago

      Good stuff! Keep upadate.

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      Laura Irwin 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

      great hub! I just answered your question you posted about fear and anxiety and I stopped by to read some of your hubs. Nce job on this one- interesting topic. My dad was invited to be a member of Mensa.

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      ddog 7 years ago

      how do i get diapers without parents knowing

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      K.T. 6 years ago

      Awesome! I just tested my IQ twice the first time I got 118 (on one website) and the second I got 105 (on a different website)

      The second test was the best. I will post it up in a sec

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      CTMProductions 6 years ago

      Wow, that really is amazing!

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      jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

      Very nice hub. It is interesting to know that there are people who are not billionaires yet has this level of intelligence. Since intelligence could never be acquainted with being smart, both has a forte of its own. One can be intelligent but not smart or vice versa. Very interesting. =)

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      Amazing. I've always wanted to know what my IQ score is. Excellent piece of information and a great hub for sure.

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      WillGrander 6 years ago from New York

      Now I feel stupid...haha. Good hub!

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      i am not inteligenyt 6 years ago

      i am not inteligenyt

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      poisonapple 6 years ago

      very nice job, i also agree with them

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      jasoncox83 6 years ago from Ohio

      Gives us something to chew on, thanks very informative.

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      soplu 6 years ago

      Where is the nicola tesla, he supposed to be one of the most inteligente people, he had so many descoveries, and I think that we would live in a different a world if he didn't exsist.

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      vivek 6 years ago

      i am not beveling the died persons iq score . because they can put any range of scores . but now living persons iq may be correct .because they can be tested again !!!!!

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      rapidok 6 years ago

      Impressive facts! :) Something that really motivates you and makes you work harder with every single day... )


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      burning bush 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I can't believe you didn't mention me but I do tend to fly below the radar.

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      a theist 6 years ago

      religion is totally debunked. anyone claiming to be smart and still believing in mythology is dumb as bricks. oh ya, god may or may not be real, but it makes no difference because even if he is, he hasn't made one attempt to make himself known by any of our five senses.

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      OJjohnson 6 years ago

      Quite interesting, great minds. I am coming with my own research vision 2020...

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      TheTheist 6 years ago

      lol Newton is smarter than every atheist than ever existed and Newton was much MORE religious than all the other scientists during his time period

      Atheists just don't have any type of creativity to be a great physicist, all they do is mimic and copy they are really stupid as fuck

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      IQDoesntMatter 6 years ago

      Who cares about IQ? Notice that most of the people with extremely high IQs (that have actually been tested to have high IQs not estimated) are people who contribute nearly nothing to physics, mathematics, or engineering.

      Probably because IQ tests do not measure creativity and creativity matters much much more for contributing.

      Why do people think Einstein would have a high IQ? Obviously he didn't have a high IQ, maybe in the 140s max, he was more of a creative genius than a IQ genius. He made many math errors, failed some college courses, and his wife understood mathematics better.

      Newton on other hand dwarfs Einstein in terms of IQ and contributions. Newton's intelligence indicates extremely high IQ levels. He solved highly complex mathematic problems that puzzled the greatest mathematicians of his time in only a few hours.

      Certainly in terms of IQ, Creativity, and contributions Newton is the King.

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      sasa hary 6 years ago


      how r u?

      i want to know only what about Dr "ahmed zewel"

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      ngureco 6 years ago

      Professor Ahmed Hassan Zewail is an American scientist whose origin is Egypt. Professor Ahmed Hassan Zewail has an IQ of 163. Dr. Ahmed Hassan Zewail was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on Femtochemistry in 1999. He is currently the Linus Pauling Chair Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology.

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      irankunda innocent 6 years ago

      thank you . interested comment , i think those people most intellligent , they had prayed alotof prayers when they was born. only GOD give intelligent for every believer, today is you but tomorrow is me thank you

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      mikiy 6 years ago

      This is something that I never knew about!

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      alishaneuron 6 years ago from Colorado (U.S)

      This has been a real and interesting hub for me. Thanks a lot for this, highly appreciated.

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      kulwinder  6 years ago

      wow! i also want to increase my iq till 250 it will be possible if i effort yes i can

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      ANIRUDD 6 years ago

      It inspired me like anything. In fact

      I would like to become most intelligent person.

      But its been such a long time when I decided this.

      I will wait till the end..........


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      sockyee 6 years ago from Singapore, Malaysia

      Just came across this when browsing through hubpages. My thoughts has always been the person who earns the most to live a comfortable life is the smartest. Or that is what I think.

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      iknow234 6 years ago

      ya i'm with sockyee^^.

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      6 years ago

      I have 190 of mensa test

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      kpprobst 6 years ago from Columbus,. Georgia

      high I.Q. is an interesting concept but isn't it more important to be well-rounded rather than extremely smart. Isn't it better to be able to perceive reality and function properly in society. To perceive ideas and emotions of others?

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      AWAIS AHMED 6 years ago

      The information is quite ethentic.But incmplete without George Bernard Shaw.....I think...

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      sunny saini 6 years ago

      im 18 and i have an iq of 145 ... i am smarter then most if not all my friends but im definitely not even the top 250 in my school ^_^

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      Vishwajeet 6 years ago

      I am 13yr old and I have an IQ of 155. In my class, I have the highest.

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      punit 6 years ago

      hey u forgot me..............

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      hazel 6 years ago

      I still think the basic and fundamental skill a person should have is Love for GOD and all his creations. Everything else follows. Look closer, those who are in the ultra rich list are not in anyway a genius theoretically but geniuses in their own right. We all know for a fact that money is the hardest most difficult object to gain but look how these people managed to amass almost half the worlds wealth?

      Lesson is, No matter how intelligent one is on books and written text does not guaranty a persons success in "real" life. "streetSmart" is harder to gain than "bookSmart"..I know someone who graduated summa cum laude and was really great in school but 10 years after just an employee(though VP for finance) still an employee and her boss is her subordinate in college, must be worth billion by now.

      So, I still firmly believe that a persons intelligence should not be measured alone on what that person can achieve academically but in real a person handles lifes difficulty and turn every failure into success.

      Genius is a person's ability to move back up from being under the pits. Genius is common sense which is actually un common at all. Genius is a persons reflexes and speed in thinking of solution in problems arising from real human interaction.

      Great hub though....

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      munirahmadmughal 6 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

      "Highest IQ Ever Recorded"

      This is an interesting and informative hub.

      What was the standard on which an IQ was tested?

      What were the sources of information and on what criteria those were checked and scrutinized?

      What is the formula to verify the conclusions drawn by the author of this hub?

      To the extent of the author he deserves appreciation of his effort. To what extent it is under or over estimated the time will tell and the critics will explain.

      May God bless all.

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      Pc 6 years ago

      What about Srinivasa Ramanujan? for all i know, he was pretty damn smart too, even doing complicated mathematics without previous training or knowledge in it.

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      video-marketing 6 years ago from Australia

      It's totally amazing. Great hub.

      Those people were genius

      Gideon Shalwick

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      Sranunta Lamduan 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Finally I know where to find my soulmate, hahahahaha. Or Am I look like Marilyn? How to be a genius like those people.

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      aditya 6 years ago

      leonado da vinci should be on top of the list

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      kennedy  6 years ago

      i want to see the most intelligent man in the world.

      i am a ghanaian and wants ton see him

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      Eric 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great hub. Never quite figured out WHY an IQ tests works and how it works. I've taken them and scored well, but of course nowhere near these people. A high IQ is wonderful, but it doesn't always translate to income potential, or more importantly, how their IQ's will ultimately help society or for that matter, the world.

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      men are dorks 6 years ago from Namibia

      Wonder where i will rank....

      considering the average human does not even use 10% of his brain....

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      cell phone parental controls 6 years ago

      very interesting!! I wish I had the same IQ as Kim Ung Yonga

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      Alex 6 years ago

      I'd love to hear him speaking German "fluently".

      Also people who believe in God are inherently retarded.

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      Zohaib Ali 6 years ago

      I wish I had the same IQ as Kim Ung , coz i also like physic experiments , but i can't

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      cell phone locator 6 years ago

      this is insane!! how come most people don't have an IQ higher than 90.

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      Clifford 6 years ago

      Hey,its jst so motivating to read about this.i wonder if any wouldn't envy these people,more scholars should be encouraged to see this.

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      Internet Marketing Chicago 6 years ago

      amazing story! i wish i had i high IQ myself

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      MarlonC 6 years ago

      I read somewhere that the Guinness Book of World Records recognises Goethe as having the highest IQ in history...

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      cceerpp 6 years ago from Ghana

      Quite interesting. Good post.

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      respiratory therapist job illinois 6 years ago

      does IQ depends on our gene? or we're just born with it?

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      ayan 6 years ago

      i dn't think that Mr EINSTIEN has this IQ level

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      davidseeger 6 years ago from Bethany, OK

      I took an IQ test in high school and got a 126. That's OK I guess. I've lived with it and been satisfied. A few years ago I found an on-line version in German. My native language is English with a less than fluent knowledge of German. Still I took the test. At some point I got bored with the test and quit. Surprisingly the system gave me a score even though the test was incomplete. The score it gave me was 154. What is the significance of a score on an incomplete test?

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      sumit sharma 6 years ago

      where are indians???

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      Pet Sitter 6 years ago

      How i wish I'm one of them!!

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      Ryan J. Garcia 6 years ago

      That was a very facinating information,how i wish i was like them.thank you.

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      Inno247 6 years ago

      Great hub. The info here is very interesting, i'm already thinking of going for a test.good job guys!

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      Roberto Autran Nunes (IQ 190) 6 years ago

      It isn't the size of a guy's IQ that matters. It's how he uses it.

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      Ammy ray 6 years ago

      i like to be smart IQ that matter.

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      small business marketing 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing this one!! i'm amazed on how high their IQ's are.

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      Holmes 6 years ago

      There are many people with a 300 +/- IQ but their humility keeps them below the radar. Just a couple of letters between a Genius and a Geniass....

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      ammy ray 6 years ago

      i lookinng againe and againe wow amazing

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      cell phone spy software 6 years ago

      this are truly gifted persons!

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      a.n.gupta 6 years ago

      amazing....after seeing this post i also went for an iq test...much to my expectations my iq came out to be 196

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      karthiq 6 years ago

      Taking dual n back mental exercises/tests could increase peoples IQ!!

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      Muhammad Farzan 6 years ago

      Kim Ung Yonga no one csn best him

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      michael  6 years ago

      hi i met a person in india konal sharma he was having an IQ higher than all in the list why his name not included.

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      mary jane 6 years ago

      you're really amazing......i wish i will be joined as one of you guys!!!!!!!!!

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      ejaz wagi 6 years ago

      they will be back very soooooooon..!

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      AKM F Rahman 6 years ago

      I Could not understand why William Shakespeare is not present in the intelligentsia's list.

      I'm curious to know the present status of mr.Kim Ung Yonga,how successful in real life situation !!!

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      Gaurav 6 years ago

      I wonder if IQ or MENSA tests have a perfect scale to measure the intelligence.......what if the test result is another mathematical disaster.......or just a preset for those who follow the science being very conventional......may be there are different scale by nature for intelligence survival in the race of existence?

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      king laurence 6 years ago

      I was so amazed about that. Out of all the people in the world, he was announced as the brightest of them all.

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      Sandro 6 years ago

      Very hard to believe Leonardo had "just" 180 as well as Einstein with "just" 160

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      Muditha 6 years ago

      Will these IQ ratings will be enough to score Lord Buddha?

      According to Dharma he was the most intelligent, not only for the our solar system but also for one billion solar systems around us.

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      I love math! 6 years ago

      Great information, i would love to meet hypathia!

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      raymond1489 6 years ago

      Interesting hub:It would be nice to see this group spend two weeks observing our government in Washington in action. Talk about a major problem in need of a solution.

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      Bilal Butt 6 years ago

      intursting .....

      these people should use their intelligence for improvement of present condition of the world i,q only matters when the holde is using his ablities not only for his betterment but for the people having nothing but only wait for improvement

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub.Bt Einstein should have got a higher lens.Nice job anyways

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      aweshawgab 6 years ago

      we are so blessed in our life to have talents been breed among us.

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      godfred 6 years ago

      u know intelligence is not wisdom

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      The Swede 5 years ago

      The most intelligent person in the world must be Swedish. There are only 9 million of them but look what they have done for the world: Volvo,Ericsson, Asea, Abba, Bjorn Borg what more can one say.

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      joydeb 5 years ago

      then wat about the inventor of this process..!!??

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      Romenjoe Regino M. 5 years ago

      id like to have an IQ that average at 290 thats all, wish come true.....

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      John 5 years ago

      My iq is only 111 ! ! ;-( what do i do to improve it & am i very stupid

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      JOB DONDAPATI 5 years ago

      i am job dondapati, working as college lecturer and i completed many degrees like ( 10 ) so i want to find out who is highest qualified person in India.

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      neranga 5 years ago

      Lord Buddha was the smartest person any one can ever be...

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      cwDeici 5 years ago

      George Bush has an IQ of 115-130.

      Obama is between 110-120. His SAT score would indicate that he averages at 129, but that is because of the affirmative action bonus.

      Regardless of who you support, raw intelligence is not as important as hard work.

      However it takes an ignorant or dumb person to simply assume that Bush is dumb without research. I applaud people here for seeking the truth.

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      Gadafi 5 years ago

      What about me Gaddafi.$2 years as the best dictator.My IQ is 350.NATO failed to catch me so I am smart too..

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      bumbum 5 years ago

      w00000w 1 w1sh 1 wa5 dat smart

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      Ultra Directory 5 years ago

      These people should use the intelligence to improve the current state of the world I, q, when things just for her Holde ablities except for its improvements, but the people who have nothing, but only waiting for an improvement

      Ultra Directory

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      Cherry 5 years ago

      I think you all are confusing the type of intelligence that IQ test measure with common logic. To be successful in life you need to have common logic. These tests measure the intelligence of people to solve scientific and mathematical problems. And that maybe could not give you personal success but it is for sure fundamental for the evolution of our species.

      You cant be a scientific without having a descent IQ. No matter how much common sense you have. They are two different things.

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      KevinC9998 5 years ago

      I found this to be a very interesting article. Nice job, Voted Up. Kevin

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      vimal kumar tiwari 5 years ago

      i would be next to them

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      andrewwilliams63 5 years ago

      Very interesting article, however is IQ really a good measure of intelligence?

      Social skills and common sesnse arent tested in an IQ test i dont believe and those things are important to becoming successful.

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      Riccardo 5 years ago

      Interesting read. I also have taken MENSA tests and many other tests, and the more tests I took the better I got. I think intelligence should not be measured on the score of one test, but on how quickly you get better at it. In my opinion, a person is intelligent not when HE'S GOOD at something, but when HE CAN BECOME GOOD AT SOMETHING VERY QUICKLY. This is the only way to overcome or limit the bias that comes with experience. Intelligence is not dexterity or knowledge, it's the ability to learn.

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      marko 5 years ago

      lol and where is tesla, the most brillian man ever lived, the dark secret of usa?

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      jesu oja 5 years ago

      where's my name huh? hehehe...great hub!!!!! very interesting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      doug 5 years ago

      I thought that bill gates was the founder of microsoft...

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      Rana Amir 5 years ago

      Very nice

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      Dave 5 years ago

      Sorry, I don't consider vos Savant or Langan for example to be the smartest. How is spending a life writing articles for the Sunday paper, or farming, demonstrate superior intelligence? I actually have more respect for the IQ test than many as far as predicting/defining raw intelligence. But imo "smartness" can also only be demonstrated by "results". Someone like Newton or Heisenberg or Turing had plenty of results.

      Someone like vos Savant, Langan--they haven't applied their supposed genius to actual problems, haven't made any contributions to science, haven't had any of their theories peer-reviewed, because they haven't made any.

      If "intelligence" includes even one iota of "effort" or "ability to use it to find new things out", then people like vos Savant and Langan fail the test.

      Obviously some, perhaps like Langan, certainly like Sidis and the later Turing, find their social conditions or personal attacks too detrimental and withdraw from society. This is a decent "defense" of their not contributing as much as they possibly could to science/invention.

      But someone like vos Savant and Langan? What is their excuse? Obviously, they need absolutely no excuse if they don't care about advancements. If Langan is happier on a farm or vos Savant writing columns, there is no great fault with that. But solely in the cold context of demonstrating great genius, they've fallen short.

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      Masanja Masanja 5 years ago

      there are many genius people with high IQ than mentioned above in Tanzania but we have no one to see them...pls welcome to find out

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      billy 5 years ago

      Dave, Langan *has* applied his mind to actual problems. His Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU) constitutes the logical framework for a Theory of Everything.

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      Ben 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting and provocative article. The issue of IQ has always aroused interest and will always be so. It's important to point out that intelligence is a potential. We've all been endowed divinely speaking. For me whether you have a high or low IQ it's important that you strive to reach your potential and help others on the way. Moreover, you should know your creator who have blessed you with wisdom. With your IQ get wisdom from above.

      An interesting article in every way!

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      laura 5 years ago

      mark zuckerberg should be in the list

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      .:UntilThen:. 5 years ago

      This is cool...I did not know the Korean man had one of the highest IQ...I am pretty sure there are other highly intelligent people in the world not been acknowledged...but we all know that God Almighty is the all wise..all knowing..and most intelligent One...He is sovereign in other words...whether you agree or disagree..

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      Papicha 5 years ago

      I did not know IQ tests existed at the time of George Washington

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      Ollie 5 years ago

      Just to William James Sidis iQ is based on the old Iq test not the modern Iq Test

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      Yusuf 5 years ago

      it doesn't matter what your I.Q but what contribution have you made on the world advancemen. Kim youga and marilyn with the highest IQ have not write a hypothesis let alone get a Nobel prize award. But Estein, Newton, with low IQ have their name written on a Gold, even Niel bour, paulins that their name is not found on the list are ever living scholar. I wish i have negative IQ but have my Name existing like that of Newton and won the Nobel prize in physics.

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      jason 5 years ago

      I agree a lot with what lela said. Micheal Jackson and his brothers were proof of that. There lives were so strict and ordered that they became superstars at a time whenit was very difficult for blacks to become famous. eVEN AT MY AGE OF 39 MY i.Q HAS INCREASED ABOUT TWENTY POINTS FROM AGE 17 BY THE AMOUNT OF READING,STUDYING PLANNING AND HELL FINANCIALLY THAT i WENT THROUGH. iT MADE ME STRONGER MORE ALERT AND SMARTER EVEN IN MATH WHICH PREVIOUSL WAS MY WORST SUBJECT..

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      alamkhan 5 years ago


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      iQ_tester 5 years ago

      I have just tried an iQ test and being a teen, I have scored 181 which I think is pretty good, hopefully one day I'll be up there with them and then be able to help more people:)

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      izzariah 5 years ago

      thanks a lot hub

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      anyasi patrick 5 years ago

      it is good to be smart

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      Rehan Younas 5 years ago

      Please tell me the name of the person who has got most number of Ph.Ds

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      Fakhra 5 years ago

      Stephen hawking @rehan Younas

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      KinGpato 5 years ago

      9c 1 quyz..buh ah xpected "EINSTEIN" 2b rated amonq d quyz wif d best "IQ.s"...please enliqhten me

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      james 5 years ago

      mas matalino aq dyan

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      me myself n i 5 years ago

      let this individuals write the Gre subject test and let me get their score expecially physics.

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      vishal jain, india 5 years ago

      good can we be one of them???????????????????????????????

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      JUBAER 5 years ago

      awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! i am one of them reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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      Bhekinkosi 5 years ago

      Gary Kasparov the chess player i think he has an IQ over that which was mentioned also Leonado was a jack of all trades, he sholud have had a higher IQ....

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      vaisali 5 years ago


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      kumar 5 years ago

      i do not understand how came w bush

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      shohin 5 years ago

      than you

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      Jason Adelba 5 years ago

      Have you guys heard of Iqbal Saleh whose IQ on Bibet scale is 233?

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      sarah ab 5 years ago

      how to become a clever man

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      Kieran Volbrecht 5 years ago

      Where is Mozart? Leonardo da Vinci should be higher.

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      mahendra 5 years ago

      realy great persons

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      Uma Maheswar Nakka 5 years ago

      Good knowledge sharing. but now Vishalini a 10 years old girl from a small district called Palayankottai, Tamilnadu, has been declared as the girl with highest IQ level in the world. She has been tested for IQ level and found that her IQ level is 225 at the age of 10 years.

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      ganges de gal... 5 years ago

      hmmmmmmm difference betn a talented person n a genius.........

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      Ron 5 years ago

      This is informative. I want to become intelligent like them

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      O_M 5 years ago

      Pretty High stuff. But Ramanujan should totally be on there.

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      sheila 5 years ago

      if he's so brilliant & his worth in billions,then why not do something useful with it like creating world peace?surely his genes can help him do something for humanity.Seem to me these geniuses are just regular people & if bill gates is so smart what will his IQ do for him in iraq on the battleground? Its all baloney!

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      Stobals 5 years ago

      Most people have never taken a "real" IQ test that is administered by a licensed psycologist.

      Internet IQ tests are only scams. Besides true geniuses would never try to measure their intelligence with an IQ test.

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      damn straight 5 years ago

      What's with all the weird religious nuts on this forum man! I mean, it's just about really smart people in history. You don't need to come on here harassing people with your putrid dogma. STOP INFECTING PEOPLE WITH YOUR TOTAL BULLSHIT, GET OVER IT. YOU ARE LIVING IN THE MEDIEVAL AGES. BE MATURE AND GROW THE FUCK UP.

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      AG 5 years ago

      does being an intelligent man is hard?

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      Mr See-Kin Noledge 5 years ago

      I have a very important and serious question to ask. Do you know if there are any list of Double Doctorate Holders, Triple or mebbe even if there is a person with quad Doctrate holder in the world ?

      So far, Ive personally know 1 Double doctrate holder. Im just wondering if there was a published list of the most highest or highly academically qualified persons in the world. TQ

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      Joe 5 years ago

      Would be interesting to know how it was possible to know the IQ scores of people who died prior to when testing began, in the early 20th century.

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      Seeker 5 years ago

      I read somewhere else that Galileo's IQ was 166 but this article says 165. I don't know who is right. Which IQ test did Galileo take? was it the Terman or Weschsler etc..? or maybe one of the Mensa tests

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      darwish 5 years ago

      this information i got from here is so great and i wwould like to know more about this great persons so i expect more guidelines.......... friends

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      Aku Terrence 5 years ago

      Great to these people,I have have not seen any African is it that they don't do IQ test? I have hope for them.

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      TheDudeski89 5 years ago

      A High I.Q. is not synonymous with true intelligence.

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      King Lee 5 years ago

      For more information it doesn't matter what a bright u have but inside u have no spirit of God that's become a nonsense things to u. I believe that this kind of person will be the most influence by evil.Because most of the bright people they don't believe God. They forget that every thing of what we have now or before are came from GOD.All the thing that we should is always be thankful that we have a vital knowledge to gain and to think of what are the things surrounds us.Talking about intelligence we are all belong with this kind of matter.

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      Alexis 5 years ago

      So an IQ of 140- an estimated IQ, no less- is sufficient to make it onto the list?

      A list of intelligent people should include the highly intelligent people. An IQ of 140 is in the 99.8th percentile, which is very high, but that is pathetically low compared to the others on the list. Surely there are more intelligent people who could be on that list?

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      lestert 5 years ago

      it's really awesome

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      josef lestert 5 years ago

      i think am one of them

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      thank you for this most people i what be amount them plc iam from nigerial

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      student 5 years ago

      I was really shocked and surprised about the most intelligent Kim ung yonga.............

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      Acim Malik 5 years ago

      Kim ung Yonga..... Im ur new fan..:)

      very interesting topic...

      Thanks to the one who wrote/typed this.

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      vincent c. 5 years ago

      this is interesting.i will still need to no more on this.

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      Atul Raj 5 years ago

      Interesting, I enjoyed reading this.

      By the way, I think you have a typo for #18. I'm pretty sure you meant that Charles Darwin had an IQ of 150, not 15. Just thought you'd want to know.

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      SADRO 5 years ago

      you know sometime test is not accurate measurement of personal ability

      we can respect the ability of some body by seeing what is invited by him, even if an idea.

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      ngureco 5 years ago

      @Atul Raj,

      Everyone else is seeing Charles Darwin had an IQ of 150, not 15. Check your PC display.

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      dagny roth 5 years ago from Neverland

      Why does intelligence have to involve math? I could be really smart....(shrug) nice hub and voted up! Very interesting.

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      Robert 5 years ago

      IQ's between family members can vary as greatly as any other trait. I have 3 siblings one barely in the above average the other two in the well above average group. And myself according to IQ tests a genius. 150-200 on the Stanford(taken 3 separate times at 8, 16, 24). There are also families with identical twins one of which is solidly average and the other is exceptional. you are born with a certain amount of intelligence potential but environment also plays a factor, as well as ones perceptions of events.

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      KIM UNG YONGA 5 years ago


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      lashin dude 5 years ago

      if tings could turn around and ican be like kim

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      Ngnancy2o 5 years ago

      Ithink i disagree with the fact that people that know mathematics are inteligent people with some high IQ,there are espert in other relevant courses of life,i think nobody is perfect in this life but i believe that we are all gifted and unique,so i will beter brighten the corner i find my self.

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      gayathri 5 years ago

      It is very good but who did thhis job i really handsuf to such aperson who did it

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      ala 5 years ago

      hi guys im a 12 year old female for the past couple of months my IQ has increased normaly i would get between 180-190 but now i started to get 200-300 is that normal because of what i read people who have these scores are geniuses i just want to ask becuse most girls in my class get score like 100 and i have no boys in my class and i understand IQs and i know 300 is preety high

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      ala 5 years ago

      hi guys im a 12 year old female for the past couple of months my IQ has increased normaly i would get between 180-190 but now i started to get 200-300 is that normal because of what i read people who have these scores are geniuses i just want to ask becuse most girls in my class get score like 100 and i have no boys in my class and i understand IQs and i know 300 is preety high

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      Prosoon 5 years ago

      It's really very good.I have enjoyed it very much.

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      anirudh mackar 5 years ago

      i guess the most intelligent person is thomas alva edison who does not appear in the above list but had given us the most significant inventions

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      anirudh mackar 5 years ago

      wondering the name of thomas alva edison is not there

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      Dulan 5 years ago

      IQ test is the most suitable measurement for choose the intelligent person according to researches. so according to this site, Engineers are the most intelligent than others.

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      Yashvi 5 years ago

      it's really fascinating and inspiring seeing such great people exist... and giving the world their remarkable presence..:))

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      josh clint c.gerra 5 years ago

      your so most intelegent man in the world

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      Gothicio 5 years ago

      Leonardo da Vinci would be my assumption. A universal genius in every respect. There was nothing that he could not accomplish if he put his mind to it.

      Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz invented Differential Calculus completely indepdent of Isaac Newton. Leibniz also made rudimentary discoveres on the modern day binary system used by computers, centuries ahead of his time!

      Most certainly these two rank up there for me.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is an excellent hub. I already knew about James Woods and Marilyn vos Savant. However, I did not know about Kim Ung Yonga. Fascinating piece!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Interesting Hub, thank you for sharing.

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      peter rose 4 years ago

      i believe you can only really measure a persons true intelegence when you measure both emotional and interlectual of a person , as it is only the whole of any thing, any person that is a true measure .

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Some very interesting data you have collected. Are you one of these (no need to answer)? When I was still teaching I had some really bright children whose IQ is measured may or may not reflect that. I had one child whose IQ was 186; he was a sixth grade student. He was an interesting child because he was interested in everything. I had a young girl who had the same numbers and she was not interested in anything. I would be interested in knowing what became of them (I knew them in the 70s).

      Ask Marilyn Marilyn has always been a favorite of mine. I am so glad she is on the list not that I am surprised.

      Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      papao 4 years ago

      i thought Sho Yano is the most intelligent people in the world....he finished college when he is 9 years old.

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      Chetan Boozer 4 years ago

      You SUCH a RARE THING/././

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      pascal umeh junior 4 years ago

      he deserves it

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      salim 4 years ago

      good information

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      yanki 4 years ago

      It is good topic, I like to read such stuffs, however I am surprised that the late prime insister of Ethiopia, MELES ZENAWI is not there. You know guys many people do not know him, maybe he was from Africa/Ethiopia. He was incredibly intelligent, in my humble opinion, he must definitely be one of the greatest/most intelligent people of all time.

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      Chistina Jhonson-Voors 4 years ago

      One of the most intelligent persons I personally I know is the Marques de Ferreira Duke the Cadaval.

      Born in Florence Italy 10/11/1942,I worked for him as a private secretary for many years besides his companion and friend.

      A man that spoke 9 languages,built entire companies from the ground up,

      designed and invented several wind mills,recycled glass,metal and created Green Earth Recycling and Solar Energy in several countries in South America.

      Married 5 times and no children he has the hard task to leave an immense fortune to someone able to follow his steps.

      A super intelligent man with an I.Q. of 189 and several P.H.D's,Sciences Fellow with 4 doctorates titles and several more in Physics,Marine Biology and Human Non Verbal Communications as well as Space,Stellar travel and the formula to debunk neutrinos and the String Theory as begging to the Universe.

      He studied the plausibility of space travel via Worm Holes and Space Continuum.

      A mind to reckon with par the the very best scientists anywhere and a member of the U.N. fighting for the rights of children.

      He has opened several free orphanages,hospitals,schools,and possesses an incredible amount of the finest real state worldwide.

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      biltov 4 years ago

      its good one. this hub gives me encourage,,,, whenever im bored i read it,, and i see myself smilling,,,,,thanks alot the author,,,,i think you have to do research about one great man from Somalia,,whom i think,, is among the most intalegent person in the world,,,,,, he is SAYID MOHAMMAD ABDULLE HASSAN ( MAD MULLAH),,,he fights against the British,

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      Jerryx 4 years ago

      I say it again and i will say it all the time Where Is Stephen Hawking?

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      Naren 4 years ago

      Are people so interested in studying. I guess i'm not. But always stood first in class and university.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      You could have included Goethe too in more smart people. Okay, you may not know him, because he was a German who lived in the 18/19th century, but check him out. His IQ is said to be somewhere from 180-230.

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      Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I learned a lot from this hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Is it fair to calculate IQ on mathematical and linguistic skills, and on General knowledge?

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      ali ahmed 4 years ago


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      Coddy Clinton 4 years ago

      that is true whow there are superb and i think that basing IQ test mostly on imagery and mathematics is pready good

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      vbnkfd jdfrgj d 4 years ago

      this site is

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      Iury 4 years ago

      where is newton? Montaigne talks about how intelligencee is overrated...

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      Iury 4 years ago

      oh, sorry, now i saw sir isaac newton (just 190 for the founder of modern science, biggest scientist and biggest theologian of all times?)

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      Mike Fuller 3 years ago

      I think the Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley ( b.1973 ) should be top,

      she is clever, but above all I think I fancy her!!!

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      Mike Fuller 3 years ago

      Has anyone mentioned Kim Peek 'The Real Rainman' he has

      memorized over 12,000 books. Sadly he's dead

      but I'd imagine his I.Q. would not be phenomenal. I think WS Gilbert

      ( 1836 - 1911 ) was exceptionally clever, although unsuccesful as a

      Barrister. 'The General's Song' from The Pirates of Penzance'

      ( 1880 ), 'The High Aesthetic Line' from 'Patience' ( 1881 ) and

      'The Nightmare Song' from 'Iolanthe' show a remarkable skill in

      construction, without seeming contrived!!! Was John Stuart Mill

      ( 1806 - 1873 ) on the list, who like Kim Peek could use both sides

      of his brain independently, was reading Ancient Greek at 3 and aged

      8 was reading Plato ( 429bc - 347bc ). Research into Past Genius

      at Stanford University has produced an I.Q. figure of above the

      ceiling of 200 on the Terman Scale, as with Swedenborg and

      the German Poet and Polymath Goethe ( 1749 - 1832 ). The most

      exstensive research into the I.Q. of past genius on the Cox Index puts

      Goethe top at 210!!! and Liebniz ( 1646 - 1716 ) second at 205!!!

      I have never seen or heard of an I.Q. rating for Hildergard von

      Bingen ( 1098 - 1179 ). She may not be up there with the

      Leonardos and Goethes of this world, but it would be intresting to

      produce a figure for this Writer, Composer, Philosopher and

      Polymath to see as such a remarkable woman how she stands against

      the likes of Hypatia.

      Cheers - Mike ( Fuller )

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      Mike Fuller 3 years ago

      I tested my I.Q. to be 144 on '' on the Stanford-Binet Scale.

      I could have done better as I was shattered when I took the test and

      in addition to that took too much time, when I could have done the test

      faster. So I could have easily scored in the 'Genius' range. However my

      I.Q. if I scored about 149 on the Stanford-Binet Scale would only be

      about 1 / 1000, so there are 7 million people in the world, today in

      2013, with higher or much higher I.Q. And in the history of the world

      something like ( I think ) about 45 million. So where are so many of

      these people on the list!!! Of course the list would be far, far too long.

      On other test I've scored 'Above Average', 'Average' and 'Below

      Average' so I can't boast too much!!! But it's all interesting to a point

      But to quote John Lennon ( 1940 - 1980 ) 'Nothing to get hung


      Cheers - Mike ( Fuller )

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      Mike Fuller 3 years ago

      According to the Cox Index ( the most extensive research into the I.Q. of past genius ) The Poet and Politician Byron ( 1788 - 1824 ) has had an I.Q. attributed to him of about 180 on the Stanford-Binet scale!!! Due to the Flynn effect this translates today in 2013 at about 158 on the scale!!! which is about 1 / 7000. On this scale 145 is genius level. Byron was one of the most intelligent of all poets. as intelligent as the top Mathematicians, Physicists and Philosophers of his day. He was also a Libertine, heavy drinker, drug taker and was believed to have been Bi-Polar. Suprisingly ST Coleridge ( 1772 - 1834 ) English Poet, Critic and Philosopher who had a Universal Knowledge Unequalled by any Thinker of his day and was also believed to have been Bi-Polar scored 175 on the Cox List!!! Yet he was the Leading Intellect of the English Romantic Movement!!! Most Nobel Prize Winning Theoretical Physicists score 160 or above on the Stanford-Binet scale!!!

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      Christopher V. 3 years ago

      My own experience with I.Q. results and idea of intelligence/giftedness leads me to believe that the tests are as much a hindrance as a benefit (if not more so). I am a highly aware, philosophically astute and critically capable person whose is talented in a multitude of areas with an average I.Q. (110). I am constantly surprised by the level of critical ignorance and limited rational abilities of others (including every single college professor I have ever worked with) and yet I am socially dysfunctional and as far from my own personal definition of success (the only definition that actually has value; though such value is still subjective) as possible.

      I could be an anomaly, though I believe that it is more likely that these tests are structured in such a manner as to allow a multitude of variables to adversely affect a score (e.g. mental illness, insecurity, anxiety, waking up on ‘the wrong side of the bed’ the day of the test, etc.) and that they do not effectively cover the full spectrum of what could be reasonably defined as ‘intelligence’ (e.g. a person who has impressive mathematical/logic-oriented skills, a sharp memory and a quick wit can be rationally inept, have a shallow level of awareness and/or have poor critical thinking skills yet still score high on an I.Q. test).

      And I am pretty sure that it is impossible to test dead men.

      PS: I am sorry if I seem pretentious and reactionary; as someone struggling to find a place in this society I find this subject matter unsettling to say the least.

      Cheers and Godspeed.

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      gunika 2 years ago

      it is very easy

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