Brainpower has always been held in high esteem around the world, even if those who had a lot of it were looked at with disdain from time to time. They were ahead of their time in many ways, and often ruffled the feathers of their contemporaries, whether it was in math, science, engineering, or another field. They came up with theories and practices that pushed the boundaries of their field or industry, and while some of their achievements have been called into question over the decades, there’s no doubt that their brains had a profound impact on the world. At LearningRx, our brain training programs are designed to help students become better learners, improve their IQ scores, and one day have an impact of their own. In this post, we’ll look at three of the smartest people who have ever lived.
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)
Tesla was a Serbian-born inventor who is perhaps best known for developing alternating current (AC) electricity. He made amazing leaps and bounds in the field of energy transmission and astounded people with inventions like the Tesla coil. He also looked ahead to the future and foresaw certain technologies that we use today such as drones and smartphones. It is estimated that Tesla’s IQ was somewhere near the 200 mark.
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Marie Curie was a Polish physicist and chemist who had to compete in a field where women had very little influence. Her major contributions to science were developing the theory of radioactivity and the discovery of two elements – polonium and radium. She won a Nobel Prize not once, but twice in her lifetime, and modern science would not be what it is today without her. Curie’s estimated IQ was 185.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Einstein is the genius against which nearly all other geniuses are measured. He is known around the world for developing the theory of relativity, and this patent clerk turned scientist was one of the most successful theoretical physicists to ever live. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, and his estimated IQ fell between 160 and 190.
There are of course countless other people throughout the centuries who have had high IQs, and the three listed above only fall within the last 150 years or so. There are ancient philosophers such as Confucius who most likely had very high IQ scores, and there are many people still alive today, such as Stephen Hawking, who have scores higher than even Einstein, Curie, and Tesla.
IQ is only one metric for measuring brainpower, and at LearningRx, we want to help students access more of their cognitive skills so they can become better learners. These geniuses listed above and the others from past and present are great examples to look up to, and if a child believes that he or she can achieve more than what these people did, they can truly make an impact on the world.