By Quyen Do

Intelligence quotient or IQ is a score designed to assess intelligence. Anyone who has IQ in the range of 130-139 is considered as a gifted one and above 140 is considered as genius. Despite its shortcoming in the way of measuring, IQ is the only way to measure the smartest people in the world. Here are seven out of many smartest people in the world.

IQ scores reflect general capacity for performing intellectual tasks, such as solving verbal and mathematical problems.

The average IQ score is 100.  The standard deviation of IQ scores is 15.  So, this means:

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

Genius IQ is generally considered to begin around 140 to 145, representing ~.25% of the population (1 in 400). Here’s a rough guide:

  • 115-124 – Above average (e.g., university students)
  • 125-134 – Gifted (e.g., post-graduate students)
  • 135-144 – Highly gifted (e.g., intellectuals)
  • 145-154 – Genius (e.g., professors)
  • 155-164 – Genius (e.g., Nobel Prize winners)
  • 165-179 – High genius
  • 180-200 – Highest genius
  • >200 – “Unmeasurable genius”

Judit Polgar has an IQ of 170. She is by far the strongest female chess player in history. She was the youngest person achieving the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15.

Judit Polgar is alleged to have an IQ of 170

Judit Polgar is alleged to have an IQ of 170

Paul Allen is alleged to have nabbed 1600 on the pre-1995 SAT. He is now the chairman of Vulcan Inc.

Paul Allen is alleged to have nabbed 1600 on the pre-1995 SAT. He is now the chairman of Vulcan Inc.

At the age of 3, Jacob Barnet could recite the alphabet forward and backward. He is now a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

At the age of 3, Jacob Barnet could recite the alphabet forward and backward. He is now a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, has an IQ of 180. Last year, he was named in The New Statesman’s list of The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, has an IQ of 180. Last year, he was named in The New Statesman’s list of The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures 2010.

Philip Emeagwali got three Master’s Degrees in Math Environmental and Marine Engineering. He is alleged to have an IQ of 190.

Philip Emeagwali got three Master’s Degrees in Math Environmental and Marine Engineering. He is alleged to have an IQ of 190.

With an IQ between 250 and 300, William James Sidis is one of those who have the highest IQ ever recorded. He could speak over 40 languages fluently.

With an IQ between 250 and 300, William James Sidis is one of those who have the highest IQ ever recorded. He could speak over 40 languages fluently.

Christopher Langan could read at three and achieved a perfect score on the SAT. His IQ was measured between 195 and 210.

Christopher Langan could read at three and achieved a perfect score on the SAT. His IQ was measured between 195 and 210.

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