Intelligence is thought to be a gift from god or a nature, not a learned skill. Although valuing someone’s intelligence can become subjective, some people’s genius is undeniable; they can turn a complicated things into something simple and find the best solutions. Here is the list of the top 10 most ingenious people in the late 20th-21st century. Some of the geniuses have already passed away, but their ingenious works are still remembered.
a. Stephen Hawking
He is a cosmologist, author, theoretical physicist and director of the Center for Theoretical Cosmology. He predicted that black holes emit radiation called Hawking radiation. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
The book ‘A History of Time’ discusses his theory and cosmology in general and is one of the most sold books worldwide. His Various other books include The Universe in the Universe, The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, and The Grand Design. At 65, he went to space and experienced a gravity-free environment at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, proving that nothing can stop a person from achieving something in life. Unfortunately, he was paralyzed to achieve and prove this.
b. Judit Polgár
Judit Polgár is considered the best female player in the history of chess. She was born in Hungary in 1976 and trained since a child thanks to her father. Judit won a game even against Garry Kasparov, and at the age of 15, she achieved the title of Grandmaster. But Polgár isn’t only a chess master but a certified brainier with a recorded IQ of 170 points.
In 1999, at the age of 15, she defeated Bobby Fisher and became the youngest Grandmaster. In 2002, she again made history by defeating world number one Gary Kasparov. She is the only woman on FIDE’s Top 100 list.
She is the first and the only woman to cross the 2700 Elo rating barrier, reaching 2735 career highest ratings and the world’s highest rating at #8. Both of these were achieved in 2005.
c. Andrew Wiles
Sir Andrew John Wiles KBE FRS was born 11 April 1953 and is a British mathematician and research professor at the Royal Society of Oxford, majoring in number theory. He is best known for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem, winning the 2016 Abel Prize and the Royal Society’s Copley Medal in 2017. In 2000 he was appointed Chief of Knights of the British Empire, and in 2018 he was appointed first Regius Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University. Wiles is also a 1997 MacArthur Fellow.
Wiles gained worldwide fame when he demonstrated Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1993. However, it was initially unsuccessful, but later successfully corrected by Wiles himself. Besides, his IQ is 170 points.
d. Magnus Carlsen
Next among the top 10 smartest people in the world is another chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen who was born in Norway in 1990 and is now a world chess champion. In addition to being a child genius as a child, he became the second youngest chess champion in history after Garry Kasparov and was also a chess genius. He was not even interested in knowing his IQ, and even hated being called a genius, but it turned out to be 186 points.
e. Christopher Hirata
Christopher Hirata was an American physicist born in 1982 and was also considered a child genius. He will work from the age of 16 at NASA on a mission to conquer Mars. He received his PhD from Princeton University at the age of 22, and his IQ of 225 is considered phenomenal. He currently teaches astrophysics at cit California Institute of Technology.
f. Gary Kasparov
Gary Kasparov is a former world chess champion of Russian-Croatian grandmaster chess, who many believe is the greatest chess player of all time; He surpassed Magnus Carlsen in 2013. In addition to a high IQ of 190 points, he is also known as the master of chess, a machine that can calculate 3 million movements per second in 2003.
g. Kim Ung-Yong
Born in 1962, Kim Woong-yong was famous for being the world’s greatest genius because he could read Japanese, Korean, German, and English from the age of three. He is now considered one of the smartest people of 2018 with an amazing IQ of 210 points. Moreover, when he was three years old, he was already attending the Department of Physics at Hanyang University. Later, at the age of seven, the USA invited him to work with NASA.
h. Terence Tao
Terence Tao is an Australian mathematician born in 1975. He is currently one of the smartest people in 2021 with an amazing IQ of 230. He received his PhD at the age of 20. He is a student at Princeton University and at the age of 24 he joined UCLA as the youngest professor since founding. So today he works in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, additive combinations, random number matrix theory, and analytic number theory.
Surprisingly, when he was two, he taught five-year-olds how to add letters and numbers. Then, at the age of 10, he participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad. He won a bronze medal in 1986, a silver medal in 1987 and a gold medal in 1988, making him the youngest gold medalist in the history of the Mathematical Olympiad. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at 16 and his Ph.D. at 20 with an IQ of 230 and is now 41 years old.
For the arithmetic progression of integers, he provided the Green-Tao theorem. To remove red-eye from photographs, he put forward several theories, such as the power of convex relaxation: near-optimal matrix completion and reliable signal recovery from incomplete and inaccurate measurements. Polyhedral geometry with puzzle determines the face of the Littlewood-Richardson cone. Numerical analysis using operator division for KdV equations. Co-recipient of Fields Medal (2006), SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2006), and Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics (2014).
i. Grigori Perelman
To conclude with the top 10 smartest people’s list let’s talk about Grigori Perelman. Perelman, born in the USSR in 1966, is a respected mathematician who is considered today the smartest man on the planet. His incredibly high IQ is 238! His great contribution to the world, in particular, proved Thurston’s geometry.
Here we conclude the top 10 smartest people in the world in the late 20th-21st century. Who do you want to name as the top one? Write your thoughts in the comment below.