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The 10 Smartest People Alive Today

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The 10 Smartest People Alive Today

Judging how smart a person is can be a very subjective matter. Does their IQ score make them the smartest? Or is it more about accomplishments? The debate over this likely will never cease. Below, though, SuperScholar.org took a look at 10 people (in no particular order) that nobody would deny are unworthy of being called some of the smartest people alive today.

Just How Smart is Smart?

50% of people have IQ scores between 90 and 110 2.5% of people are mentally deficient/impaired (under 70 IQ) 0.5% of people are near genius or genius (over 140) 2.5% of people are very superior in intelligence (over 130)

The 10 Smartest People Alive Today

Here is our list of ten of the smartest people alive today.

1. Stephen Hawking
- IQ of 160
- Age: 70
- Author of 7 bestselling books
- Recipient of over 14 awards of recognition

2. Kim Ung-Yong
- IQ of 210
- Age: 50
- Worked for NASA as a teenager
- By the age of 2 he was fluent in four languages
- Child prodigy

3. Paul Allen
- IQ of 170
- Age 59
- Co-founder of Microsoft
- Worth $14.2 billion

4. Rick Rosner
- IQ of 192
- television writer for Jimmy Kimmel
- worked as a bouncer and other non-brainy jobs

5. Garry Kasparov
- IQ of 190
- Age: 49
- Youngest undisputed world chess champion
- Ran for president of Russia
- Holds record for longest stretch as No. 1 rated chess player in the world

6. Sir Andrew Wiles
- IQ of 170
- Age: 59
- Proved Fermat's Last Theorem, widely regarded as the most difficult math problem in the world
- Recipient of 15 prizes in math and science

7. Judit Polgar
- IQ of 170
- Age: 35
- Beat Bobby Fisher at chess when she was only 15
- Child prodigy

8. Christopher Hirata
- IQ of 225
- Age: 30
- By 14, he had entered Caltech
- By 16, he was working with NASA

9. Terrence Tao
- IQ of 230
- Age: 36
- At 24, he became the youngest ever full professor at UCLA
- Has published over 230 research papers

10. James Woods
- IQ of 180
- Age: 65
- Won three Emmy Awards
- Two Academy Award nominations

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