25 Highest IQ’s Throughout History

Posted by , Updated on June 4, 2017

Who has the highest IQ in history? The answer may surprise you. Intelligence is a tricky thing. Like great beauty, great intelligence can be a blessing or a curse to those who possess it. Sometimes the smartest among us live the most difficult lives. Other times they’re just really awesome people that make the rest of us look really…lame. While there are many different ways to measure intelligence, and many different kinds of intelligence, this list focuses on the highest IQ scores. Read on to learn about 25 Highest IQ’s Throughout History.


Leonardo da Vinici

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Unfortunately, there were no set tests to measure IQ during the time of the Renaissance, but it’s been estimated that Leonardo da Vinci’s IQ was between 180 and 190. While most people know da Vinci for his paintings, he was an expert in many fields, including mathematics, geology, cartography, and engineering. He was also one of the most accomplished and talented artists to have ever lived.


Nikola Tesla

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Like da Vinci, there was no test to measure IQ when Nikola Tesla was alive; however, it’s been calculated that his IQ would have been around 200, which is not surprising considering the man invented a lot of things (like remotes) that most of us use on a daily basis (some of which Thomas Edison took credit for). The man predicted cell phones in 1926; he has to be up there with the uber intelligent.


Sir Andrew Wiles

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Sir Andrew Wiles is a mathematician at the University of Oxford. He was able to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem, something others had failed to do for over 350 years. His IQ is reportedly 170.


Geena Davis

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Academy Award Winning Actress Geena Davis has an IQ of 140, as well as being fluent in Swedish. She started a foundation, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with the goal of having women more visible in media. Their slogan is, “If she can see it, she can be it.”


Ainan Cawley

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Ainan Cawley, a child prodigy from Singapore, was born in 1999 and at age 7 became the youngest person in the world to pass Chemistry – O level. He can also recite Pi to  518 decimal places and composes music. His IQ is reportedly over 250.

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