According to the World Population Review, there are more than 7.5 billion people alive today, and each of them has a different kind of talent and intelligence in them. Knowledge is an increasingly important part of human progress. It has become very tough to determine which of us is the smartest, especially without establishing an all-inclusive standard for knowledge and then evaluating all living people equally.
The past is overshadowed by extraordinary intellectuals who have revolutionized the planet. People such as Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein had mind-blowing concepts. And no doubt the world is using their ideas and concepts even after their deaths.
According to this great past, we have made a list of the top 5 most intelligent people in the world that are alive today. The list which is based on their IQ, includes exceptionally talented scientists, former child geniuses, IQ whizzes, and young, super sharp, life-long intellectuals who have amazed the world with their intelligence.
Perelman was born in the Soviet Union in 1966. He is a well-known mathematician who is now recognized as the smartest man in the world. In 2003, he famously solved Thurston’s Geometrization Conjecture, which was approved in 2006 and has represented one of his most influential contributions to the world. By this, it was able to solve one of the toughest problems of topology, the Poincaré conjecture, which was proposed in 1904. Grigori also solved the soul conjecture in 1994. Not only this, but he has also contributed to the geometry and typology of Riemann.
Tough all the achievements Grigori made with his intelligence, he was least concerned with fame and has denied many awards and rewards. In 2006, when Grigori was honored with the medal for his efforts for his research on geometry and particularly Ricci flow comprehension, he denied taking the award. Later in 2010, he was offered one million dollars with Clay Millennium Prize for solving Poincaré conjecture, he refused to accept that by saying that “I am not interested in money or fame; I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo.” And also, by saying, “I know how to control the universe. Why would I run to get a million, tell me?”
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Terence Tao was born in Australia in 1975 and is a former child prodigy. Just because of his incredible IQ, he was named “The Mozart of Math” by his colleagues. When Tao was 2, he started solving simple athematic, and by the span of nine, he was able to solve college-level math. Not only this, Tao set the record of becoming the youngest gold medal recipient in International Mathematical Olympiad history when he was just 13 years old. He earned a Ph.D. degree when he was twenty years old.
The list of Tao’s achievements in continuously increasing as he is currently concentrating on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic, arithmetic, and geometric combinatory along with the compressed sensing and analytic number theory as well.
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Christopher Hirata was born in 1982, in the state of Michigan. He is an American cosmologist, astrophysicist, and a former child prodigy. Speaking of intellectuals, Hirata was only 13 years old when he won the gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad in 1996. This achievement has made Hirata the youngest citizen of the US. Hirata started studying at the California Institute of Technology when he was just 14 years. He was blessed with phenomenal intelligence that took him to work for NASA, on human accommodations on Mars, at the age of 16.
He is currently working as a professor of Physics and astrology at The Ohio State University. His intelligence has made him a specialist in various fields, including dark energy, gravitational lensing, cosmic microwave background, galaxy clustering, and general relativity.
Can you imagine having an IQ score of 200 of any three-year-old child? Well, we can only imagine this! But Kim Ung-Yong is a Korean man who has mastered child prodigy. He is a previous record holder for the highest IQ in the Guinness Book of World Record.
At a tender age of only three, Kim was able to read Korean, Japanese, English, and German. Not only this, you will be amazed to know that Kim is the youngest kid who started attending physics classes at Hanyang University when he was just three years old. At the age of 8, when other kids go to school, Kim was invited by the United States to collaborate with NASA. He was the youngest and the smartest kid who was able to solve the equations for NASA. Kim is now working as a civil engineer in Korea.
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Chris Langan is a special kind of genius who started speaking when he was six months old. What even more intriguing is that he taught himself how to read at the age of four. Langan was dropped out of the Montana State University and started working a doorman. But his intelligence didn’t need any degree, and he was able to develop the Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe that shows the relationship of mind and reality. Neuropsychologist Robert Novelly claimed on TV news channel 20/20 in 1999 that Langan’s IQ said to be the highest he had ever tested. He has been dubbed as the smartest man of America, while the members of the fourth state consider him “the smartest man of the world.”
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