29 October 2007

The Top 10 Living Geniuses

Genius: how do you define it. Is it, in fact, quantifiable? Well, global consulting business Synectics thinks so and have come up with a list of the 100 top living geniuses. They polled 4000 people to name their top genius and then a panel of "experts" rating the results in five categories: Paradigm Shifter, Popular Acclaim, Intellectual Power, Achievement and Cultural Importance. With these they came up with a Genius Factor, the top people scored 27 and the person at 100 got 2. The biggest surprise is Simpsons creator, Matt Groening beating Stephen Hawking. Cowabunga!

1= Albert Hofmann (Swiss) chemist (genius factor 27)
1= Tim Berners-Lee (British) computer scientist (27)
3 George Soros (American) investor and philanthropist (25)
4 Matt Groening (American) satirist and animator (24)
5= Nelson Mandela (South African) politician and diplomat (23)
5= Frederick Sanger (British) chemist (23)
7= Dario Fo (Italian) writer & dramatist (22)
7= Stephen Hawking (British) physicist (22)
9= Oscar Niemeyer (Brazilian) architect (21)
9= Philip Glass (American) composer (21)
9= Grigory Perelman (Russian) mathematician (21)

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