Top 10 Famous People With The Highest IQ
Highly intelligent people have the mental capability to learn from experience, adapt, comprehend complex ideas, think abstractly, solve problems, and plan accordingly. They have deeper and broader capability to comprehend their surroundings to figure out, make sense of things and catch on. These are ten famous genius people in history with exceptional intelligence:
10. Madame De Stael (IQ: 180)
Anna Louise Germaine Necker was a French or essayist and novelist. She was born into a wealthy Swiss family and the daughter of a banker. She grew up in an environment of wealthy individuals, such as Jean Francois de la Harpe, Abbe Raynal, Edward Gibbon, Grimm, Marmontel and Buffon; and gained recognition by running a salon for important figures.
Stael epitomized the European culture of 18th and 19th century, bridging important concepts from Neoclassicism and Romanticism and is known today for her poems, autographical memoirs, history, literary criticism, essays, plays and novels.
9. Galileo Galilei (IQ: 185)
Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer, who helped begin the scientific revolution. Galilei is considered today as an eminent man of Renaissance and with broad interests in many fields, including painting, literature, music and primarily sciences. His achievements including various astronomical observations, improvements on telescope and decisive support for Copernican heliocentric system, His works were thought at the time as disruptive to established physics theories and theological concepts. His insistence that the universe can be explained in mathematical language has also brought radical changes in his era.
8. Bobby Fischer (IQ: 187)
Robert Bobby Fischer is an American chess grandmaster. At the age of 14, he was the US chess champion and at 1972, he became world champion. With the Cold War as the backdrop, his match with a Soviet grandmaster, Boris Spassky was highly publicized and Garry Kasparov considered him the greatest chess player of all time. He contributed significantly to the world of chess, by bringing celebrity status to him and other chess players.
Fischer retired officially in 1972 and occasionally took the opportunity to visit or play in various chess tournaments. Fischer was also known for his anti-US and anti-Semitic remarks; and became a naturalized Icelandic in 2005.
7. Ludwig Wittgenstein (IQ: 190)
Ludwig Wittgensten was an Austrian philosopher, who brought significant improvements in the philosophy of language, theory of mathematics and logic. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was his popular lifetime work and it was published in Vienna in 1918. His works influenced many intellectuals, such as Moore and Russell; and Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard. Wittgenstein brought us to the limit of human cognitive and language ability. His desire was to define a solution to answer all philosophical problems. After he moved to Cambridge UK, Wittgenstein improved his own works and developed a new way of understanding languages.
6. Blaise Pascal (IQ: 195)
Blaise Pascal was a French writer, philosopher, physicist and mathematician. His contributions include basic concepts of mechanical calculator and probability theories, as well as studies of pressure and fluids. After undergoing a profound religious experience in his early 30’s, Pascal engaged in theology and philosophy while slowly abandoning physics and mathematics. His name is known by high school students today from the Pascal’s law of pressure and he propagated ideas of experiencing God through heart instead of reason. His intuitionism principle has a significant impact on later philosophers including Henri Bergson and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
5. John Stuart Mill (IQ: 200)
John Stuart Mill is a British economist, logician and philosopher. He was one of the most important liberal thinkers in 19th century. Mill was a strong proponent of utilitarianism; an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham. Along with Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill is considered one of the most important pioneers of modern economic theories. He developed a logic system for making proper transition from empiricism to contemporary logic and pragmatism. Mill was often considered as a man of extreme simplicity and his theories are still discussed in classes today.
4. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (IQ: 205)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a German lawyer, mathematician and philosopher. He was one the great intellectual figure of 17th and 18th century; and considered one of the most important geniuses of his time. Leibniz made significant contribution to history, jurisprudence, geology, physics, mathematics, philosophy, logic, epistemology and metaphysics.
He established calculus theory independently from Newton and his mathematical notations are still used today. He also established the binary system, the basic foundation of modern digital and computer technology. Leibniz Prize was created in his name, with 770,000 Euro for theoretical achievements and 1.55 million Euro for experimental ones.
3. Emanuel Swedenborg (IQ: 205)
Emanuel Swedenborg or Emanuel Svedberg was a Swedish philosopher, theologian and scientist in 18th century. He was a prolific inventor and a renowned scientist; in some circles he is known as the Aristotle from Sweden or Leonardo Da Vinci of the North. At the age of 56, he said to have entered a new phase of spiritual life with visions of spirits and angels. He even claimed to have visions of God, Jesus Christ, paradise and hell. Soon after his death in London one March 1772, Swedenborg’s devoted followers established the Swedenborgian society, which was dedicated entirely to the study of his concepts and thoughts.
2. Leonardo Da Vinci (IQ: 205)
Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian inventor, anatomist, painter and philosopher. During his childhood, he was a student of the famous sculptor and painter, Andrea del Verocchio. Da Vinci is often considered as the symbol of Renaissance and a universal genius. Modern art observers consider him as one of the best painters of all time, an achievement equaled only by his creative inventions.
Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are his most important paintings, often copied and even parodied by modern artists. His famous sketch the Vitruvian Man shows the symmetry of human anatomy, an indication of his search for universal patterns in nature.
1. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (IQ: 210)
Goethe was a German artist, critic, theatre director, statesman, scientist, novelist, playwright and poet. He is also considered as one of the most important German literary figure in the modern era. His literary works are often compared with works of Germany’s best classical composers and philosophers. Goethe has such a profound impact because he fully understood transition experienced by European people.