For centuries, we suffered losses of incalculable talent and potential genius that have been wasted because of taboos against women. Their work and contribution have been recently and in hindsight quite late, given the accreditation and acceptance that they deserved. This list comprises of some of the most revered names of women in academia, literature and other fields. Some of the brightest mind that graced the surface of the earth, these women have raised the bar of average human intelligence by pushing at the boundaries of it with all their metaphorically-pumped brain muscles! I have dived into the tunnels of history as well as gone through the latest of information to formulate this list of extremely intelligent high IQ women of the world. Here are the names that will make you wonder the capability of the human mind.
- Fabiola Mann: IQ 162
Fabiola Mann is a seventeen-year-old teen prodigy. She has scored the highest score on Mensa of 162, which is about two points higher than that of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and the great scientist of past, Albert Einstein. A keen Chess player, Fabiola Mann plans to study and work in the field of Medicine. As of now, she is completing her schooling from the Northwood College School for Girls in London. A purple karate belt holder, she is also keenly interested in music and plays Piano as well as Guitar.
- Olivia Manning: IQ 162
Olivia Manning was tested through the Mensa I.Q Supervised test at the young age of 12. She surprised the whole world by becoming the second person along with Fabiola Mann to score more than 160 in the year 2012. The score of 160 is a popular landmark because as we have talked about it before, the same score was achieved by Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. To put things in perspective, both of these two young women have the potential to surpass these two legends of human history.
- Judit Polgar: IQ 170
Born on 23rd July 1976, Judith Polgar is a Hungarian Chess Grandmaster and is known as the greatest woman chess player of all time. She has an extremely high IQ of 170 and is considered to be a true genius. She is the only woman who has won at least once against every grandmaster she had come across, including Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand. Judit Polgar was a child prodigy who beat her first International Master at the age of 10 and won against a Grandmaster at the age of 11. Judit Polgar is the most well known, non-academician woman on this list with an IQ of over 150.
- Grace Hopper: IQ 175
Grace Hopper or Grace Murray Hopper was an American Computer Scientist. She was considered to be the Smartest woman in the world and her contribution in the field of computing is unparalleled and unmatched, even today. She was one of the first Programmer of MARK 1 computer and was the developer of the first Compiler. She also worked on the languages Cobol and Fortran. She died in 1992 at the age of 92. With an IQ of 175, Grace Hopper was an incredibly intelligent person.
- Ruth Lawrence: IQ 175
Ruth Lawrence or Ruth Elke Lawrence-Naimark is a Mathematics Professor and British Mathematician, who has extensively worked and working in the field of Algebraic Topology and Knot theory. Born in 1971, she is a former child prodigy. She topped the Oxford entrance exam at the age of ten and even became the youngest person to have graduated from Oxford in modern times. Ruth Lawrence is known to have an IQ of 175, which is insanely huge! She is a member of American mathematical society is a Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Germaine Stael: IQ 180
Born in 1766, Germaine Stael or Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein, better known as Madame de Stael, was a Paris-born French Political Activist and Social commentator. She was a prolific writer and penned many extraordinary works. She was the principal critic and opponent of Napoleon who banned her from France for her writings. She took recluse in Germany and later joined the Goethe Circle. Her IQ has been estimated between 180 and 185 by different tests and in general considered to be one of the greatest minds in the history.
- Marie Curie: IQ 185
Marie Curie, the most well-known name on this list was a Franco-Polish Physicist and Chemist, most famous for her work in radioactivity. She is a recipient of two Nobel Prizes, one in the field of Physics in 1903 and another in Chemistry in 1911. She is the most revered and woman scientist to date and this list is far too short and words are far too less to write about her achievements, contributions and awards. Her work’s effect on shaping the modern world is ineffable. One of the brightest mind in the human history, Marie Curie had an estimated IQ of 185!
- Marilyn Vos Savant: IQ 190
Aptly named, this genius woman was once the highest scoring person on the Guinness IQ test, 190. She also took Stanford-Binet and the Mega Test and scored over 200 on those test as well. She is an American of Austrian, German and Czechoslovakian descent and is a descendant of Ernst Mach, a famous Physicist and Philosopher. Marilyn Vos Savant is a playwright, author, and magazine columnist. She solves puzzles and questions posted by the readers on the website Ask Marilyn, where she had solved many complicated and famous problems such as Monty-hall Problem and Two boys problem.
- Hypatia: IQ 190
Hypatia was the daughter of a famous mathematician Theon Alexandrinus. Born in C. 351-370, Hypatia was a Greek Astronomer, Philosopher and Mathematician in Egypt and later the Eastern Roman Empire. She has been linked to the invention of many instruments of the science of that era, such as hydrometer and astrolabe. She authored and co-authored multiple treatise and commentaries, such as A commentary on the 13-volume Arithmetica by Diophantus. Hypatia has been considered the greatest minds of the past, and it has been considered a great disappointment that her work has not been celebrated as much as his contemporary male scientists. Her IQ has been estimated through reconstructive model to be over 190!
- Edith Stern: IQ 200
Born in 1952, Edith Stern is one of the brightest persons of the computer age. She was a child prodigy and could speak complete sentences and do calculations before the age of one. Like all other child prodigies, she claimed many graduate degrees before she turned eighteen. She holds more than 128 US patents to her name. Her work has been considered extremely vital in the case of real-time computing. She has received multiple awards including a lifetime achievement award in the field of Engineering. She has scored about 200 and even more than that on multiple IQ tests
Each day, a new face–brain–enters onto the world stage. Recently the name of twelve year old girl, Nicole Barr was in the news, for scoring more than Albert Einstein on an IQ test! One can only feel wonder and respect for such geniuses.