1. Kim Ung-Yong: Attended University at age 4, Ph.D at age 15; world's highest IQ
This Korean super-genius was born in 1962 and might just be the smartest guy alive today (he's recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the highest IQ of anyone on the planet).
By the age of four he was already able to read in Japanese, Korean, German, and English.
At his fifth birthday, he solved complicated differential and integral calculus problems.
Later, on Japanese television, he demonstrated his proficiency in Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, German, English, Japanese, and Korean. Kim was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under Highest IQ�; the book estimated the boy's score at over 210.
Kim was a guest student of physics at Hanyang University from the age of 3 until he was 6.
At the age of 7 he was invited to America by NASA. He finished his university studies, eventually getting a Ph.D. in physics at Colorado State University before he was 15. In 1974, during his university studies, he began his research work at NASA and continued this work until his return to Korea in 1978 where he decided to switch from physics to civil engineering and eventually received a doctorate in that field. Kim was offered the chance to study at the most prestigious universities in Korea , but instead chose to attend a provincial university.
As of 2007 he also serves as adjunct faculty at Chungbuk National University .
2. Gregory Smith: Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize at age 12
Born in 1990, Gregory Smith could read at age two and had enrolled in university at 10.
But genius� is only one half of the Greg Smith story. When not voraciously learning, this young man travels the globe as a peace and children's rights activist.
He is the founder of International Youth Advocates, an organization that promotes principles of peace and understanding among young people throughout the world. He has met with Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev and spoke in front of the UN. For these and other humanitarian and advocacy efforts,
Smith has been nominated four times for a Nobel Peace Prize. His latest achievement?
He just got his driver license.
3. Akrit Jaswal: The Seven Year-Old Surgeon
Akrit Jaswal is a young Indian who has been called the world's smartest boy� and it's easy to see why. His IQ is 146 and is considered the smartest person his age in India ”a country of more than a billion people.
Akrit came to public attention when in 2000 he performed his first medical procedure at his family home.
He was seven. His patient ” a local girl who could not afford a doctor ” was eight. Her hand had been burnt in a fire, causing her fingers to close into a tight fist that wouldn't open. Akrit had no formal medical training and no experience of surgery, yet he managed to free her fingers and she was able to use her hand again.
He focused his phenomenal intelligence on medicine and at the age of twelve he claimed to be on the verge of discovering a cure for cancer. He is now studying for a science degree at Chandigarh College and is the youngest student ever accepted by an Indian University .
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