“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” 

Albert Einstein

Any method or tool on the planet would not be sufficient to measure the intelligence of any individual but yet here we are having numerous psychological assessments to get a glimpse of forthcoming geniuses.

IQ shortened for Intelligence Quotient is also a standardized test designed for measuring intellectual abilities.

Intelligence is a broad and complex field. On one hand, it comprises logical reasoning, problem-solving on the other it also includes creativity, social intelligence, and many other factors so IQ is an inexact science something which is not entirely correct. Guinness world record removed this category long ago for the same reason but to an extent, it does work for alienating the extraordinary people from the bunch.

The whole process of calculations is quite tedious but the results are pretty simple.

The graph we obtain for a crowd is bell-shaped, with maximum people having the average intelligence and very few on either side.

Below are the ranges of scores and what do they represent:


·    Over 140 – Genius or near genius

·    120 – 140 – Very superior intelligence

·    110 – 119 – Superior intelligence

·    90 – 109 – Normal or average intelligence

·    80 – 89 – Dullness

·    70 – 79 – Borderline deficiency

·    Under 70 – Definite feeble-mindedness


Here is the list of the 10 highest IQ holders in the world:

10. Marie Curie

With an estimated IQ of about 180-200 Marie Curie was the first woman to win Nobel Prize. She is also called Madame Curie in various biographical works which are based on her inspirational journey. She was a renowned physicist and chemist and her area of research was majorly radioactivity. she was the one to start the curie family legacy of 5 Noble Prizes by winning the first one and also she is the only woman to win the greatest honor twice in her lifetime. In 1906, she became a professor at the University of Paris ( again the first woman). During the international year of chemistry, Poland and France even declared 2011 as the year of Marie Curie. Her discoveries have been very useful in evolving the methods of surgery including the development of X-rays . she has also been involved actively in World War 1st where she was the head of radiological services for the international Red Cross on the front lines.

9. Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton is one of the greatest physicists and a genius world has ever seen. His laws of newton are the basis of classical physics mechanics. At his time such IQ tests were not there but a close estimation says that his IQ must lie in the range of 190 -200. Apart from physics, he is also famous for being an author, natural philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer. He formulated the famous laws of motion and universal gravitation. He also developed the first reflecting telescope. He is known for his contribution to optics.

8. Michael Grost

A super-genius kid who started his college career at Michigan State University at the age of 10. Now he is 60 and has pursued undergraduate and master’s degrees from Michigan State  University. He has also done PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. His IQ score is 200. He is also into entertainment, art and architecture, currently writing intrigued storylines like detective or mysterious. He is also keen on poetry and classical music.

7. Michael Kearney

Michael Kearney- a child prodigy and the youngest person ever o graduate from any University at an age of 10 also listed in the Guinness book of world record. He just not graduated but set multiple records for the same. He started college when he was 8 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of South Alabama. After turning 14 he went to Middle Tennessee State University for a master’s degree in chemistry. He also has a master’s degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University. His IQ score is 200+.

6. Edith Stern

Edith stern is a child prodigy. Though her father did not support IQ tests, Stern at the age of 5 scored 205. Till she turned 6, she was done with reading Freud, Darwin, and Plato. It is shocking to know that she started college at the age of 12 and pursued a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Florida Atlantic University. By 1967, she was not only graduated but she was the youngest one to earn the degree at the age of 15. She also has an interest in chess, she was also part of the University’s chess team. Further, she pursued a master’s degree in mathematics at Michigan State University. Now she is an established American inventor and a former vice president for Research and development at IBM.

5. Kim Ung-Yong

A famous South Korean Professor whose IQ is 210. He is a former child prodigy. He was invited to work with NASA and he did work for a decade but he left the job as his life became quite monotonous no friends, no family so he came back to Korea and pursued formal schooling there to get a job. In just two years he completed his elementary, middle, and high school studies. Further, he pursued civil engineering at Chungbuk National University.

Also read: Top 10 Super Intelligent Child Prodigies

4. Terence Tao

A renowned mathematician and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2005, he was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Award. He also received Fields Medal and MacArthur Award in 2006 and Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in 2014. He has a pretty long list of awards. He is also the author and co-author of more than three hundred research papers.  His research is based on topics geometric combinatorics, probability, partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, and many more.  He is described as the greatest living Mathematician. His IQ score is 211!

3. Marilyn Vos Savant

She is an established magazine columnist, an author and a play writer. She was listed in the Guinness book of world records from 1985 to 1989 as the highest IQ holder then Guinness dropped the category from the list because IQ tests were unreliable for giving the title to anyone.

Nevertheless, since 1986 she is active in writing a Sunday column “Ask Marilyn” in Parade Magazine where she answers questions, solve puzzles and many more things. In 1990, she answered a Monty Hall Problem through postulation.

Her first IQ test was held in September 1956 where she scored 228.

2.Ainan Celeste Cawley

Ainan Celeste Cawley – an extraordinary prodigy from Singapore who is now 21. When he was 6, he gave his first public lecture, at the age of 7 he was pursuing chemistry at tertiary level in Singapore polytechnic. By the time, he was 9 he learnt periodic table and the value of pi up to 519 decimal points. At the age of 12, he had composed a piece of music and had also penned a script for a short flick Reflection.

He rose to fame after such a series of unbelievable events and appeared in a channel 4 documentary named the World’s cleverest child and me. With an IQ of 263, he is a born genius.

1. Marnen Laibow-Koser

Marnen Laibow Koser is a musical artist and composer who lives in Randolph, Massachusetts. He was into music since the tender age of 3. He gave an IQ test when he was a kid and scored 268!


there are many people who are not in the list but known in the world for high intellectual abilities like Albert Einstein with IQ 160 who has changed the course of physics with their ideas and opinions. but we must remember that IQ tests are not reliable to assess your potential and capabilities.