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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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      gunika 2 years ago

      it is very easy

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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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      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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      Mike Fuller 4 years ago

      I tested my I.Q. to be 144 on 'IQTest.com' 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

      about'!!!

      Cheers - Mike ( Fuller )

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      Mike Fuller 4 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 4 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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      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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      Iury 4 years ago

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

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      vbnkfd jdfrgj d 4 years ago

      this site is

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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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      ali ahmed 4 years ago

      nice

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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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      Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

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

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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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      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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      Jerryx 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      salim 4 years ago

      good information

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      pascal umeh junior 4 years ago

      he deserves it

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      Chetan Boozer 4 years ago

      You SUCH a RARE THING/././

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      papao 5 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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      Patricia Scott 5 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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      peter rose 5 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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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Interesting Hub, thank you for sharing.

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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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      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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      josh clint c.gerra 5 years ago

      your so most intelegent man in the world

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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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      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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      anirudh mackar 5 years ago

      wondering the name of thomas alva edison is not there

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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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      Prosoon 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      lashin dude 5 years ago

      if tings could turn around and ican be like kim

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      KIM UNG YONGA 5 years ago

      THANK FOR ALL I AM THE MOST INTELLIGENT PERSON

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      vincent c. 5 years ago

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

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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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      student 5 years ago

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

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      hamisuuthman1@yahopo.com 5 years ago

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

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      josef lestert 5 years ago

      i think am one of them

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      lestert 5 years ago

      it's really awesome

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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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      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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      TheDudeski89 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      AG 5 years ago

      does being an intelligent man is hard?

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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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      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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      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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      O_M 5 years ago

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

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      Ron 5 years ago

      This is informative. I want to become intelligent like them

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      ganges de gal... 5 years ago

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

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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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      mahendra 5 years ago

      realy great persons

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      Kieran Volbrecht 5 years ago

      Where is Mozart? Leonardo da Vinci should be higher.

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      sarah ab 5 years ago

      how to become a clever man

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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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      shohin 5 years ago

      than you

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      kumar 5 years ago

      i do not understand how came w bush

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      vaisali 5 years ago

      interesting

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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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      JUBAER 5 years ago

      awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! i am one of them reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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      vishal jain, india 5 years ago

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

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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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      james 5 years ago

      mas matalino aq dyan

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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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      Fakhra 5 years ago

      Stephen hawking @rehan Younas

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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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      anyasi patrick 5 years ago

      it is good to be smart

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      izzariah 5 years ago

      thanks a lot hub

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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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      alamkhan 5 years ago

      fantastic

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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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      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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      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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      Papicha 5 years ago

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

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      .:UntilThen:. 6 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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      laura 6 years ago

      mark zuckerberg should be in the list

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      Ben 6 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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      billy 6 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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      Masanja Masanja 6 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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      Dave 6 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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      Rana Amir 6 years ago

      Very nice

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      doug 6 years ago

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

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      jesu oja 6 years ago

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

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      marko 6 years ago

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