The 10 most Intelligent People in the World

The 10 most intelligent people in the world

Only a handful of people belong to the group of the smartest on the planet. We tell you who they are in this article.

  • Super Scholar, the student support group, developed an interesting ranking with the 10 most intelligent people in the world.
  • We show you who occupies these positions and in which areas they develop.
  • The IQ, together with their contributions to their fields of work are the factors that have been used to develop this ranking.

Terance Tao, Christopher Hirata and Kim Ung-Yong are some of the intellectuals present in the ranking and who occupy the first three positions, according to an article published by the website

In order to elaborate this ranking, the intellectual quotient  of these professionals was taken into account, which allowed them to stand out early and develop highly relevant careers.

In addition to their IQ, the ranking has also stopped to assess the achievements they have obtained throughout the course of their careers in research and how they have affected their contributions to the fields of knowledge in which they are experts.

We introduce you to the smartest people in the world:

1. Terance Tao is the most intelligent man in the world

Terance Tao

He is an Australian mathematician born in 1975. His father tells that he was a child prodigy who, with 2 years taught mathematics and English to another three years older than him. He has two brothers and one of them is considered one of the best chess players in Australia.

2. Christopher Hirata

Christopher Hirata

He is the second man with the highest coefficient, obtaining 225 points. Today he works in studies related to the possible colonization of Mars and when he was 16 he started working at NASA.

3. Kim Ung-Yong 

Kim Ung-Yong

Kim Ung-Yong (born March 8, 1962) is a South Korean professor and former child prodigy, who once held the Guinness World Record for highest IQ, at a score of 210.

Hanyang University invited him to attend physics classes when the little prodigy was only 3 years old. When he was six months old, he began to speak and once a year he was already conversing fluently.

4. Rick Rosner

Rick Rosner

With 192 points of IQ, he ranked fourth.

He is known for his particular career and great intelligence given that today he is the producer of the American television program Jimmy Kimmel Live and, as a young man, he devoted himself to skating and working as a model.

5. Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov

A prominent chess player who tried to become president, besides being a writer and a great defender of Human Rights. He received an IQ of 190 points in the tests, which would help him to be the best chess player in the world from 1985 to the year 2000.

6. James Woods 

James Woods

Wood is a lover of linear algebra and American actor. He has an intelligence measured at 180 points and has collaborated with leading academic institutions in his country.

7. Judit Polgár

Judit Polgár

Another of the chess players that also figures among the most intelligent is this Hungarian, as well as being the  only woman  in this list.

8 and 9. Sir Andrew Wiles and Paul Allen

Sir Andrew and Wiles Paul Allen

Both intellectuals tie with 170 IQ points. While Paul Allen was remembered, along with Bill Gates, for being a great philanthropist and founder of Microsoft, the mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles won international recognition by exposing the demonstration of Fermat’s last theorem in 1993.

10. Stephen Hawking 

Stephen Hawking

It occupies the tenth place with 160 points, but perhaps it is the most popular and mediatic genius. He is internationally known for his attempt to explain the Universe and its cameos in series such as Big Bang Theory, which focuses on the lives of young researchers who love Science.

Knowing your IQ or doing different tests of this type will help you discover what type of intelligence you highlight , according to your skills and competencies, and how to use this to choose the most appropriate career and professional development.

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