Who Had The Highest IQ Ever Recorded?


Intelligence is a fascinating, though complex subject, and it’s one that is difficult to study for that reason. Researchers have developed IQ tests to try and create some kind of objective, quantitative measure of human intelligence. Despite their many flaws, IQ tests present a clear quantitative bell curve with 95% of their participants scoring within a range of 70 to 130.

There are a couple different classifications of IQ scores. One common classification is Wechsler’s, which ranks 90-109 as the true average. 120-129 is High, and 130 and over is “Gifted.” 80-89 is Low Average, 70-79 is “Borderline,” and below 69 is “Extremely Low.” The Stanford-Binet Scale of Human Intelligence rates those with scores 145 and above as Genius.

So who has the highest IQ ever recorded? Unfortunately it is a little difficult to actually answer this question with a specific name, though there are several contenders for the highest IQ in the world. The reason it is tough to give a really firm answer to this question is that the test really was designed with the regular population in mind. Individuals who rank as extreme outliers are all so far removed from the normal population that a separate test would really need to be developed to sort these people according to their own gifts.

Nonetheless the following geniuses have been widely credited as having the highest IQs ever.

  1. William Sidis, USA, 250-300 (estimated)
  2. hris Langan, USA, 243
  3. Paul Johns, UK, 240
  4. Rolf Mifflin, USA, 238
  5. Andreas Gunnarsson, Sweden, 235
  6. Thomas R. A. Wolf, Germany 235
  7. Evangelos G. Katsioulis, Greece, 235
  8. Scott Durgin, USA, 235
  9. Marilyn vos Savant, USA, 228

Marilyn vos Savant

marilyn bio photo

Marilyn vos Savant (Photo credit: marilynvossavant.com)

She’s at the bottom of the list above, but she’s still one of the most famous contenders. In fact, she’s probably more famous than the guy who actually appears to win the high IQ contest. Marilyn vos Savant was born in St. Louis, MO in 1946, and works as a magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright. Her main claim to fame was her entry (in 1985) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest IQ. She studied philosophy in school, despite her parents’ objections that it was a useless topic. She briefly delved into the family investment business before deciding to pursue her passion for writing. Guinness itself no longer maintains a record for IQ holders, since as of 1990 they determined that indeed the measurement could not really determine a “winner.”

She is well known for her solutions to a couple of different logic problems. The most well known is the Monty Hall problem. In short, you are at a game show, and you are shown three doors and told to pick one. One of the doors hides a car, while two hide goats. The host opens one of the other doors, revealing a goat. Then he asks if you want to stick with the door you chose or switch to the other. Savant argued that switching ups the odds of winning the car. In response, she received thousands of letters arguing it makes no difference.

Savant’s logic goes as follows. The role of the host is important and often overlooked. The initial choice presented gives the contestant a 1/3 chance of picking a car and a 2/3 chance of picking a goat. If a contestant picks a goat door, the host, who knows this, is forced to open the particular other door which hides a goat, and not the one that hides the car. If the player chooses the car door initially, switching the bet will result in a loss, but this can only happen 1/3 of the time. This means that contestants who switch must have a 2/3 chance of winning the car (if you are like me, you can run this around in your brain for the rest of the day; if you are like Savant and understand it straight away, congratulations).

William James Sidis

William James Sidis' Harvard graduation photo

William James Sidis’ Harvard graduation photo

William James Sidis comes closest to achieving the highest IQ ever recorded, even though technically his IQ was undeterminable. Born in New York City in 1898, he was a child prodigy. He could read a newspaper at 18 months, and apparently knew eight languages by the age of eight, and invented his own language to top it off. He was a well-known war draft protestor during WWI, and nearly went to prison for it. Instead, he ended up spending a year in a sanatorium, as arranged by his parents.

When Sidis was tested for an IQ score, he was apparently off the charts—literally. After his death, Abraham Sperling, director of New York City’s Aptitude Testing Institute, stated that he “easily had an IQ between 250 and 300.” IQ tests worked a bit differently in those days. That translated to saying that his intellectual age was 2.5-3 times his actual age. The veracity of the claim has been debated (as has its meaning) in the years since his death. So while he has quite a legacy and he was certainly brilliant, it is again hard to quantify his intelligence.

Criticisms of IQ as a Measure of IntelligenceCritics of IQ tests point out that they are not only nebulous, but also dismissive of other types of intelligence. People with high intellectual capacity for math and language may fail in other areas, such as emotional intelligence. It also isn’t uncommon for a very smart person to fail utterly at common sense.

There is also the matter of commitment; the test looks for speed, whereas true brilliance often is the work of a lifetime. And then there are very brilliant people who do not even have IQs that are sky high. Stephen Hawking’s IQ is reportedly around 160. Genius level, certainly, but way below 200. His Mensa score is much higher, but it just goes to show, there are many aspects of genius that are immeasurable.

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  • jimmy crackcorn

    I knew a guy who’s dad n mom were friends with jarvick so they got to go to him n Marilyn savants weddin n then I heard they divorced was that very smart gettin married in the first place?

  • nobody

    i have only got i IQ of 100 but i got a 10 inch dick 🙂

  • bradon jacobson

    well I am 12 and I just took the test and I got 186 and that is higher than Albert Einstein and stephen hawkings

  • mark nightwolf

    I scored 235 on the test, with additional testing showing equal right left brain dominance where is my ranking?

  • W Unruh

    To Don:
    The Monte Hall problem.

    The contestant picks a door.There is a 1/3 chance that there is a car behind it and 2/3 that there is a goat. The host opens a door and shows a goat. So, lets go through the three cases.
    a) Car behind your door. If you stay put you will get the car. If you switch you will get a goat.
    b) Goat 1 behind your door. The host must show the the door containing goat 2. If you stay you loose. If you switch you get the car.
    c)Goat 2 behind your door. The host must show the door containing goat 1. If you stay you loose. If you switch you get the car.

    Thus in the three cases, if you switch you get the car twice, and the goat once.
    Since all three cases has the same odds, you get the car twice as often as a goat. which makes the odds of winning if you switch 2/3. If you do not switch, then you win 1/3 of the time.

    The problem is that you are jumping onto the “gamblers fallacy” in a case where it does not apply. The “gambler’s fallacy” is related to the statement that the odds of subsequent trial do are not changed by a prior outcome. But that is ONLY true if the prior outcome was also a random trial. Here, the host knows what is behind the doors, he is not picking one of the other doors randomly. Thus, he is giving you additional information by pointing out which door has a goat behind it.

    Would you be surprized to know that if the host is forced to open the door containing the car if there is a car behind one of the doors you did not pick, that they your odds become 100% of your being able to win the car? (If he shows a goat, you know your door contains the car, so you do not switch, if he shows a car, you choose that door.) But this is very similar. Instead of showing the car, he has to show the goat. This means that the odds are not 100% of your being able to pick the car, but that additional information given by the host IS helpful to you, just as if he had shown the car would be helpful to you.

    The subsequent switch is not a new random selection but is a selection based on the knowledge you have been given.

  • MM

    I think you all are right! Where are the black people gone? I can’t find Michael Jackson anywhere around these sources But according to some sources, it says he have IQ of 164 which is over than Einstein’s!
    (Michael is black African American, he had a skin disease called ViTiLiGo, you shouldn’t discriminate )

  • Erika

    We need to believe in ourself and work hard towards the goal, IQ Cannot judge who you are.

  • Ken

    I hold little if any faith in such tests. I’ve tested many times
    and the scores have been sporadic at best… No consistency whatsoever.
    It has also become my personal opinion through experience that most who
    flaunt their I.Q. scores to others often prove themselves to be little
    more than about as smart as the proverbial box of rocks. I am obviously
    utilizing a bit of sarcasm here but my point should be clear to most
    with a so-called ‘average I.Q.’

  • Allen Alexander

    The SAT score is not an “IQ” score but they are comparable. The SAT is supposedly a measure of the likelihood that one will graduate from college. As was once explained to me, “The SAT is a measure of how much or how little one will have to study to make a “C”. Nothing in my personal experience disputes this.

  • sportzmad

    I don’t think i know what iq even means so mine must be really low!!! 🙁

  • oisois

    My IQ is 181 and I am 12

  • Don

    Ms. Savant’s logic is obviously flawed. By the rules of the game, there is a 50/50 chance of winning a car. It’s the flawed assumption that flipping a coin twice changes the odds on the second coin toss. If the first toss is heads, that does not increase the chance the second toss will be tails. When you toss the coin the second time, the odds remain 50/50. In the car goat game, no matter what you pick the first time, the odds are 100% that at least one door will have a goat behind it. With one goat eliminated, the odds are even the door you didn’t pick has a goat behind it. Like with tossing coins, it’s a new game each time you toss the coin.

  • Goku

    My IQ is over 9,000! It was confirmed by Napa.

    • Jermajesty

      I will be putting this daznzilg insight to good use in no time.

  • Geno

    I only have an iq of 133. I have noticed that people with low iq say 110 and down tend to turn to religion for answers. Okay cool i dont have any issue with religion. Just stop blaming your lack of understanding amd sometimes blatant stupidity on your gods. Rather try to do something with what you got

  • Albert Siddis Hawking

    Lol I just scored IQ 200

  • Fik

    Hey guys if you want to be like those geniuses you should practice a mental exersice called image streaming. My initial iq was 113 and after a month of training it went up to 135.

  • eat it

    Ummmm I am 6 years old madam horesbelly and my Iq intelligence score is 396 is that score perhaps reasonable if so eat my pickle sauce

  • eat it


  • coolme lol

    The last time i had my IQ tested was in 4th grade and it was 135. that was 8 years ago i have no clue what it is now

  • William

    I hate band and i think that eveyone that does it has an iq of under 78

  • Garrett Happ

    My IQ is 143, which means I am a genius by definition. However,
    I feel stupid compared to these people.

  • J-Nice

    My IQ is 980 and it just keeps getting higher
    by the minute. I won’t allow my name to be
    subjected to the corruption of the media. If
    I need to know something, I will just simply
    Google it. I just wanted to say: that God is
    Good all the time, and all the time God is
    Good!!! That’s all that matters. Just praise
    God and He will bless you with all the wisdom
    that anyone can possibly need. Also, I’ve
    noticed, that people with extremely low IQ
    levels, their the most content people in the entire
    world. They suffer so much, but complain about
    nothing, but the people with the amazingly high
    IQ levels, they suffer for nothing, but complain
    about every little thing. Just know that God has
    the ultimate purpose for each of us, and just abide
    in His Will, and He will bless us beyond anything
    we can possibly imagine!!! Amen!! Thank You God.
    God bless each and everyone of you, and I pray you
    all find the purpose God has for you. Peace out.

  • Johndw52

    Sorry Francseca . I meant to reply to body code.

  • Johndw52

    Hi Frances nI think you need to look at yourself first. A couple of examples:
    That should be intelligentlly not intelligent.

    Never begin a sentence with the word “and”.

  • coughing in my sleep

    toilet paper is not very nice to eat after it has been used, but still myne iq = ovr 19876543 billions

  • hamzat kunle

    minor sapiens do

  • hamzat kunle

    BUT TO ME I THINK ITS ABOUT 200.43333333333331

  • hamzat kunle

    hi am 16 with am I.Q OF 200… CANT BELIVCE

  • ahserrr

    How da fuck muslims have IQ??? All they need is IQ about 80 ,so they can understand order-ALLAHU EKBAR,DETONATE YOURSELF;) Muslims=branwashed terrorists.

  • Hi

    I have a score of about 150 and above i have always thought myself stupid so right now I feel amazing

    • Hendri

      I thought he paid $0? It’s only $5,800 if you dont have innrausce and even then it would probably never get paid. Just because the hospital charges $5,800 does not mean the innrausce company will pay the entire amount. They generally only pay the Max amount as listed. The rest the hospital is stuck with.

  • Jason Cuarter

    I beleive there’s a girl in India with an IQ of 225 already and she will be theoretically the smartest person alive. her name is vishalini

  • Francesca

    I have an IQ of 181 and I’m 12 years old.

  • bodycode

    What I notice on these forums, is the profound lack of language skills everyone is exhibiting here! Spelling, grammar, syntax and basic linguistic style and skill is profoundly bad here on this IQ forum. What irony… Come on people! If you want to participate on an IQ board at least SOUND intelligent! And some people here are totally WRONG. You didn’t do your due diligence. For instance, that comment about “what about blacks…”. That is entirely stupid. A black guy in Africa has an IQ of 190 (verified). And he’s the only the only smart black person. BLACKS, WHITES, INDIANS, ARABS, all have the same hardware, but not wetware (language/brain programming!). Nonetheless, good parenting and a good education, along with motivated learning, ALWAYS creates are better, smarter, less violent person more useful to themselves, their families and the planet.

    The simple truth, is that, like everything else with an existing statistical distribution, IQ population statistics can be visualized on a Bell curve. Google it. IQ’s are distributed across the planet, race and gender neutral actually. Unfortunately, everyone seems to think that the IQ metric is important, and is huge source of bigoted contention and ego amongst people all over the world.

    Some people simply have not been exposed to an educational system that would have allowed the flourishing of one’s potential. The whole forum is stupid. That is of course, only an opinion.

    But notice the language I use in this response. I haven’t even proof-read it. I’m just typing freestyle. Learn how to make good writing natural. Good writing is conducive to good communications, that is, clear expression of your thoughts and ideas, and generally speaking, is not only liberating for the write to know for a fact that they’ve expressed themselves precisely in the way in which the writer is thinking, but, helps others as well.

    I don’t mean to insult the entire board. But the error encountered here are shameful.


  • mohamad

    my iq is 157.but i think its fals to think person who has hogh or low iq can or cant succes.every person can improve if whants.

  • Manu

    my iq level is 143

  • VKM

    Carl Johnson – Terrence Tao is a Chinese Australian – Jump to conclusions much

  • Box

    No matter how much IQ one has, what matters is their contributions. With IQ over 200, but no contributions, means nothing to the people. If you have a high IQ, then prove it with contributions that shows your IQ. Otherwise, what use is IQ of even over 300? unless it allows you to have special abilities like photographic memory or such.

  • usman

    Why only whites

  • Ryan

    Something you might all find interesting. My ex taught second grade at a school for gifted children. The students had to score a minimum 130 IQ score to be accepted. Here first year she had a student that scored a 180. At under one year of age this child was reading Time Life structure of matter and some of the homework he would hand in could have literally been mistaken f for published writing. The strange part was that during recess, teachers would throw a penny into the field for him to find because he had zero ability to communicate and interact with others. No matter how intelligent he is, he is going to struggle. Then you run into people with average IQ scores that are super successful because they are genius comunicators but will never be on any list. I can’t fix an engine and I have two degrees but my grandfather could and he had grade 6. Who is more intelligent? Guess it all depends on the situation.

  • Minenhle

    All the clever dudes saying big names as if they know but are unemployed to show their true wit.Mhh

  • Pit Nicker

    Funny that a guy with one of the highest IQ’s in recorded history is almost a dead ringer for Ashton Kutcher.

  • Carl Johnson

    Where is asians?
    Only white people , such as us?
    Your list is not on the official IQ Score.

    • Jermajesty

      Didn’t know the forum rules allowed such brlailint posts.

  • Malcolm nkamba

    wow impressive

  • jr

    Your all missing the big point, an IQ isnt about how much you know
    but your abillity to work out and learn more

  • Abraham Sperling M.D

    There is no claim by any doctor, the claim after his death about his IQ being 250-300 was made by his sister and his crazy mother.

  • yael

    I recently found out my iq.I was shocked to say the least.Tehnically I’m a genius according to.My odest daughter tested much lower yet her intelligence had always been obvio
    us. Her behavior has always been above average. For instance, she used her potty at seven months old as a stepping stool to get on the toilet. She was talking , walking and waving down cabs before she was a year old. I think because of all of the traumatic experiences I’ve endured from childhood to adulthood that I have questioned myself. To find out at this point in my life is sad.

  • precious

    I am a genus,i belong to the homo genus.

    • Rose

      This arlicte is a home run, pure and simple!

  • Meow

    When said juggalo

  • Meow

    My guess is you just wrote this so you could feel better about your self

  • Meow

    And if your a such a genius how come it took you all eight years to complete your ph.D

  • Meow

    Plus you used incorrect grammar more than once in your post

  • Meow

    Maybe if you tell me your name I can google you and proves your lying. Ok

  • Meow

    Tbos maybe it’s really important for you to make everyone think your so smart but your obviously full of it

  • Edwardicus Brouece Haldwin of Cambrich

    I believe that the intellectual society of the U.S. of A is rather conceited in it’s facetious opinion of the beliefs of fellow homo-sapiens. I will leave you fine gentlemen with a witty misnomer, The Chicago Pizzeria and Abortion CLinic, “Your loss is our Sauce”.

  • Daniel

    Hey guys, I have an IQ of 140 and am a junior in high school. I am taking the ACT tomorrow and I will most definitely take it a second time; I’m a little nervous so wish me luck!

    • Lorrie

      This has made my day. I wish all pognstis were this good.

  • Sina

    if u have High Iq u dont need to write this down in here…ur friends ur family tell this to u for like 1000times…if ur iq is high Good for u but if isnt that high it doesnt matter that much…
    becare and grow up…

  • jaden farris

    My iq is 181 and I am only 10 years old.

  • Trezel

    I have an iq of 123.And I’m a 12 year old!

  • kiake kiake

    my iq 1 trillion 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  • Juggalo

    I read that so called geniuses are supposed to be able to tell the difference between an algebraic equation and the steps on the Lincoln Memorial. Figure that one out!!!

  • Matt

    I’m not a science guy, but isn’t Hawking well known because he has a talent for explaining complicated ideas. Not because he’s out there making breakthroughs?

  • Anonymous

    After reading these comments, I want to violently projectile vomit onto each and every one of you for your grotesque and disturbing behavior. If IQ measures how smart you are, I’m a genius, and just btw, no one gives two flying f@#$

    • -_-

      *smiles and nods at your statement*

  • m_c_Squared

    Oh tbos, U kill me! lmao….

    This is fun!

    The most important “quotient”, I believe, is your Kindness Quotient. I was a child prodigy, but I squandered it on purpose. I was sick of being different from the other kids, so I started smoking marijuana and drinking at 13, which has really affected my brain power – at 50 I’m very aware of this, with much regret. Now I believe is the time to start using my intelligence for the betterment of the planet. Please wish me luck!

    • Anonymous

      Sucks to be you

    • Elcin

      May 4, 2010 Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and watend to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  • tbos

    My IQ is the highest of all geeks written in the Guinness book of world record. Currently I have a consistent IQ of 2 285.I was a child prodigy as well. At the age of only 2 months I could speak english vividly,at 6 months I could memorize and recite shakespeare books and could speak latin,french,greek and spanish. At the age of 2,i was already solving calculus complex problems,and at 4,I began my primary school. I graduated from CALTECH(california Institute of Technology) with a BSc(maths) at only 12 years. I received my Masters in Maths and Physics at 15 years from CALTECH ,followed by Ph.D in theoretical physics(quantum physics), and Honorary Ph.D in Quantum Mathematics at the age of 18.Currently I am the youngest Professor at MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and I’m aiming to obtain another Ph.D in Astrophysics and Cosmology. I have achieved atleast 4 nobel Prizes until then,both in maths and physics, and other innumerable prestigious awards . Currently I am doing secret Research that will change the world forever,and I have found the absolute Secrets of all time( that if the world can be exposed to it no human being can experience inferior complex ever again. It is the secret to absolute intelligence,naturally known not acquired,the absolute wealth,absolute happiness,perfection in anything,splendidness,magnificence,absolute higher cosmic consciousness and Divine Perfection).It is the Secret of Creation of Manifested Reality and the Art of evolution of Abundant natural Intelligence. It surpasses any form of earthly discovery and will enable one to go beyond the Finite mind of men into infinite realm of self(the highest mental plane of Higher self).It is called ‘THE AMELIA SEQUENCE(THE GOD SEQUENCE)-THE PERFECTION OF THE UNIVERSE. If you want to be so intelligent me?

  • Jeanne

    Is there a common sense test? What would happen to those high IQ tests if we a had to weigh-in common sense with it?

    • Marni

      You got to push it-this esisatenl info that is!

  • Robert

    The most intelligent statement ever made: “There are many highly educated people but so very few smart ones”-Anonymous

  • steve

    Even though the article is 2 years old it is still relevant (though faulty as pointed out) 2 years later. We are both here reading it to prove my point.

  • Randy

    Why don’t these “geniuses” solve some major problem, like cancer?

    • -_-

      Are you kidding me? Why don’t you get your lazy ass up and do something. People are trying to find the cure and now there are treatments to certain cancers. Even a genius can’t just magically find a cure to something. It usually takes time to make a discovery. If you think you can’t do something that is not true. No matter what your IQ is you can still research, it might not help but nobody’s stoping you. At the very least you can donate or just shut up and stop complaining.

  • Edward

    This was posted 2 years ago, why are there still people bickering on this

    ..I’m being hypocritical right now

    *bickers about the words “intelligence quotient”*

    • Ryo

      Hats off to you for racing what you had. I raced hare secbmalrs for a year on a DRZ400S with the street legal stuff removed. I thought I was bad ass for throwing that big pig around for a couple hours, but a TW200? +1 on the proper boots thing, too. I twisted an ankle in low-end MX boots, and years later it still hurts. Now it is A Stars for me, only.

  • G.

    Silence is Golden. Why prove that stupidity still is here.

  • M

    To comment on “The experience of one of unusually high intelligence is that of living in a world of dumb people, where that person is not well understood.” –unless your IQ is well matched with your EQ (my case), whereby you do not care about people not understanding you but rather spend most of your energy every day helping people around you. Once you reach a certain point, you understand there was a purpose to making you with the IQ you have, and the purpose was not your being self-centered. The working solution truly is to live for others and be here for them. Your IQ gives you the tools very few have. As said above, what matters is what you do with the mental power. You can actually “grow” a kind heart even if you do not initially have it. Fingers crossed for all of you out there with high IQ to realize how rewarding it is to be here for those who may need you.

    • steve

      My sister was measured at IQ 140. She has made a mess of her lazy life; she never accomplished or finished anything. My parents made it clear to us that it was not the IQ, it was the ‘I Will’ that counts in life.
      They were right.

      • -_-

        Sad that she wastes her intellect like that. Here’s hoping she’ll put it to good use someday.

  • chris Atieno

    What i do not like about such statistics is that all good things, bright people are white. Don’t you think that other parts of the world have bright people too? The only advantage you guys have is that you have all these systems and channels that identify, nature and boost some of these talents. I will tell you for a fact in Kenya we have some of the brightest minds in the world. But unfortunately we pass most of them as psychiatric cases.

  • midi510

    I see IQ as a parallel for a computer’s processor power, comprised of the two aspects of clock speed and data bandwidth. The faster one can process information factored with the amount of information one can hold in mind at once, gives one’s mental power, but says nothing about what one does with that power. An extra intelligent person applying his/her mental power to artistic, spiritual, or common everyday matters is unlikely to get much attention for their intelligence.

    Interesting that the tests to determine the smartest people are, no doubt, developed by people of much more modest intelligence.

    Having an IQ higher than 90-95% of the population is a hindrance to success in the world, since the world is “set up” for the average bloke. The experience of one of lower intelligence is that of living in a world of smart people. The experience of one of unusually high intelligence is that of living in a world of dumb people, where that person is not well understood.

  • Erin

    Oh “E”. Thank you for your service, but please get some mental health counseling. Good luck.

  • friday gideon

    with all the high IQ whatz have they achieved in life?

  • Samrawit Mulugeta

    Well ,I am inspired of finding out about IQ.Inform me more !

  • Elvis

    Elvis Presley IQ 5000 – USA – invented Rock and Roll
    Obama – IQ 6000 – USA/Kenia – invented the Obamacare

    • grammarmarm

      Actually, conservatives invented the core of what came to be known as Obamacare in the 1990s as a market-based alternative to government-run healthcare.

      • -_-

        I wonder is it will still be called Obamacare when a new president is elected… Sorry is the answer to this question is obvious.

    • A.N.N

      Ok, are you really that idiotic or are you just trying to get attention

    • -_-

      To Elvis: I’m not sure what you meant by “Kenia,” and I’m sure you didn’t mean the Brazilian Jazz Singer, but if you meant the country it is spelled “Kenya.” I should know because I named my bird after that country.

      BTW Obama is from Hawaii.

      PS: I know I shouldn’t take your comment seriously but still I find myself doing so. Sorry…

  • Robert

    This article over looks several componants. It is a direct cut and paste from another list, who’s site I will not link. The list was posted by them in 2011. The test applied to Sidi was the MA/CA × 100. The same as applied to Miss Savant. The test was proven antiquated and inaccurate by LARGE measures.
    Several of the people on this list were judged by the Hoeflin’s Mega Test which is scoffed at these days.

    If the writer did actually care…and had actual writting skill, he would have done his leg work, rather than PLAGIARIZING his data and palming it off as fact, which it is not
    Not a single person, in that list, is over 190 by today’s testing standard. When all things are taken into consideration and tests rebuked and addressed, Kim Ung-Yong is the holder of the highest IQ. Hell, no one on that list even hits Rick Rosner’s score as far as I am concerned. By using the same data that was applied to several people on this list, you may as well add Davinci and Aristotle 🙂

    • E

      I agree, though with countless exceptions I can only touch on here and there, but don’t have the time or communicative intelligence to express everything that comes up in my mind while reading the article and your comment. Since we didn’t test someone like Sidis with the tests of today or tomorrow, we can’t say he wouldn’t test as high as Ung-Yong or Rosner. Lack of evidence proves we don’t know, not that it “can’t be”… one of the most common (and atrocious) mistakes many scientists make today.
      This site reels me in with interesting subjects, then (as you wrote) they are sometimes terribly explained and written. I can’t believe the vague tangled mess they sometimes make out of some tasty ideas.
      Back to the excuses and exceptions… I could figure out ratio and statistic-type problems easily up until I was about 21 years old, and I never had a genus IQ… only considered “gifted” on Wechsler’s test. What caused me to get more and more confused on that and many other type of quiz or problem after 21 years or so, is a mystery but I have ideas. It leads to only more questions about intelligence that the article (I must give credit) at least touched on where most people immediately dismiss. The very first sentence is in the “hard to measure” and complex” vein, and I find that most other people rather have number or measurement so they can go on their merry way, delusional that they have “an answer” about someone’s intelligence. Humans love finite answers and hardly have the patience anymore to think about what I’m writing.
      I received some damage from the first gulf war, and I also had many personal problems snowball on me right around that same age, affecting me emotionally and even physically. And those problems fed each other.
      I also developed a habit of thinking deeper and deeper about everything, every point leading up to every concern, until I became the way I am today; orally pausing and undecided when speaking, so people mistake my thoughtful ways to be the opposite… to them any change of mind or pondering suggests stupidity. Their attitudes have been exacerbated with the popularity of the (rather inaccurate) way the internet and vague,”neato” ways to communicate with texts, etc… have hurried their lives.
      So does the damage I have, and the habits of thought, possibly from the way I was berated as a child, snowballed to blocks on my mental performance? When I was passing mensa tests read to me from the N.Y. times as a kid, I knew I couldn’t be an idiot. Yet I don’t even want to try those tests now.
      Apply that and many other real-life, undetectable unfortunate obstacles that may be happening to others while being tested and judged, and you have to conclude IQ tests and other assessments are loaded with trouble. I agree it’s interesting and maybe necessary in some situations to use tests like those to get an idea of what you’re dealing with, but sad as it may be, we are not giving some people even close to a chance to show what they’re capable of ( I know I certainly didn’t live up to it), and we are also over-rating some supposed “geniuses” and wrongly giving them too much respect and attention. They often lead us to terrible situations that need multiple repairs, especially when we assume their fast answers must mean “ease” with accuracy.

      • Gia

        I could read what you write/say all day! I found your response to be very intelligent and interesting. I once upon a time had a measured IQ of 141, but now with all my physical and emotional problems over the last 5 1/2 yes find that I now think more on things before answering or taking action. Thank you for your comments and insight.

        • Christopher J. Johnson

          Damage to the parietal lobe has been known to coincide with significant cognitive growth in certain areas of ability, such as mathematical ability. You mention injury in the service, so I thought the above may be germain.

      • -_-

        You sound like me and I like you.

  • dag

    My penis is seven inches

    • KeiKei90

      Amazing…!!!! You’re IQ is the same number….7. And I think you broken a record for the lowest one yet. You genius you!!

      • Dan

        Your* Who’s stupid now?

        • Daniel

          And the answer to your question is you, Dan.

          • grammarmarm

            Um… Did you really just try and correct him by stating wrong grammar?

            It’s your in this context.

      • -_-

        KeiKei90’s grammar is wrong. He/She used a conjunction that means “you are.” So his/her sentance basically meant “You are IQ is the same number….7.” It should have been “Your IQ is the same number….7.” The word “your” is possessive,

    • steve

      That is because you keep getting it caught in the bathroom door.

  • ben

    mine is 165…. is that good?

    • Anonymous

      You’re an idiot for many reasons,
      But mainly you’re obviously an attention seeker!

      Ps. If you’re iq was that high you would be asking that question.

      • KeiKei90

        While my IQ may not be up there…I’m smart enough to SO agree with you. He’s an attention sponge.

        • steve

          You left out the previously stated truth that Ben is indeed, an idiot. His IQ might be 165 but unfortunately in his case it has nothing to do with intelligence. It is his Idiot quotient.

      • Arjun Mayilvaganan

        Perfectly said!

      • Kubrick

        There is couple of possibilities. He is genius and are playing with and provoke you to call him idiot to show that the real idiots are you. Or that he is and idiot, and thus making you even more idiot to respond to his message. Either way, it is rarely intelligent action to call anybody an idiot.. Lets call this comment the exception..

        Hell, maybe he really was genius to provoke this conversation to demonstrate a point 🙂

        • raoul tesla

          @Kubrik, you should look in the mirror and consider the eyes a staring back genius.

    • KeiKei90

      Put your flag down. People with high IQ’s…usually have more pressing concerns. And asking the world if they rank??…isn’t one of them. Try 16.5?

    • Jack Johnson

      that obviously good look it up before you ask, your just trying to get attention.

      also the average is around 100, and that took me about under a minute to look up fyi

    • Wilbur Furce

      Yeh, It’s good, You are a genius. And did not know it. That is not good. Are you sure your score isn’t 65?

    • Christopher J. Johnson

      Ignore the other comment, the person did not bother with your age, or to ask you if you have just now gotten to being curious about the subject. In short, they judged and are now, with equal measure, being judged. Now, a score of 160 on an accredited, Dr. Ordered, test of cognitive ability, would categorize you as ‘gifted’, or ‘very superior’. However, please note that nearly all online tests are pathetic advertising gimmicks, meant to inflate your confidence so that you’ll take up a predatory loan for college. I would not count any score offerrd by them.

      • Azone’Rimm

        Exactly Christopher. MOST of the world decries ‘high’ intelligence because MOST of the world has ‘average’ intelligence. Even thoughtful parents of gifted children will rightfully NOT (at the least OVER-) emphasize their child’s gift, nor detract from it. I would expect many would make nothing of it, which would explain Ben’s query. Perhaps he became aware of his ‘score’, but without a context or research (to be fair, how likely would it be that he’s posting here online but hasn’t bothered to look it up? Yeah. But, to continue…) for reference, he could conceivably NOT know if 165 is high or not. One cannot forget that someone of ‘high’ intelligence AND at least an average degree of humility (yes, it’s entirely possible, if not probable) may only consider that to be a fact, not bragging rights since there could be no need to brag. For the most part, only those who fall short in some way feel the need to brag on their self-percieved or desired attributes. To wit, the ‘School Bully’, for one. And as for ‘Dag’, below, it is also entirely possible for one to state as fact one’s penis size without amplification. His statement in this context must be taken as fact that his is definitely NOT seven inches, and unlikely even near that (and certainly not longer).

    • Vicki

      Ben – do you also go by the name Rini?

    • -_-

      If you have an IQ of 165 then you would probably be able to read the third sentence of the article and figure it out.

  • Ahosaphat Lence

    This article gives no sources to back up its claims. It lists Chris Langan’s score as 243, where other sources give it as 195-210.