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Buzan's 1994 list of the 14 greatest geniuses (with IQs)
Tony Buzan's 2005 genius tabulation of the fourteen greatest geniuses of all-time. [18]
In intellectual categorizations, a Genius IQ table is a listing of geniuses in descending order of IQ. The famous Catherine Cox genius table (1926) and Tony Buzan genius table (1994) are shown below, in side-by-side comparison:

Cox | Buzan genius lists

The 200+ IQ table was compiled using a number of sources. The two main sources are American psychologist Catherine Cox's 1926 Early Mental Traits of 300 Geniuses, containing a ranked IQ listing of the top 300 geniuses who lived between 1450 and 1850, and English accelerating learning expert Tony Buzan's 1994 Book of Genius, containing a ranked listing of the 100 greatest geniuses. The top 100 of each list is shown below. Of note, in Buzan's list, we removed #3 Great Pyramid Builders, as this is not one person, and there is slight discrepancy between Buzan's top 14 Genius IQs (tabulated adjacent) from his 2005 book Buzan’s Book of Mental World Records and his earlier 1994 values. The values below use the newer estimates.

Of similarity, both lists contain only four people with IQs over 200 (Cox ceiling: Goethe IQ=210) (Buzan ceiling Da Vinci: IQ=220) and there are only thirteen reoccurring names in both top 100 lists: Goethe (1,3), Da Vanci (27,1), Leibnitz (2, 46), Newton (7, 5), Michelangelo (30, 4), Galileo (16, 64), Descartes (29, 39), Faraday (78, 26), Mill (31, 12), Spinoza (57, 41), Dickens (40, 84), Erasmus (41, 48), and Raphael (99, 62). These thirteen might usefully be termed as Cox-Buzan "anchor point" geniuses, in that they can act as anchor points on which to compare other up-and-comer prodigies or newcomers with supposed high-end IQ scores. This logic is graphically diagrammed below:

Cox’s 1926 ranking of 300 Geniuses
(by IQ) (1-100)
Buzan’s 1994 Ranking of 100 Geniuses
(by IQ) (1-99)
Buzan’s 1994 Ranking of 100 Geniuses
(by GS) (1-99)

1.Goethe (75px) Goethe (IQ=210)
2.Gottfried Leibniz (75px) Leibnitz (IQ=205)
3.Hugo Grotius Grotius (IQ=200)
4.Thomas Wolsey Wolsey (IQ=200)
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5.Pascal 75 Pascal (IQ=195)
6.Paolo Sarpi 75 Sarpi (IQ=195)
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7.Isaac Newton (75px) Newton (IQ=190)
8.Laplace 75 Laplace (IQ=190)
9.Voltaire 75 Voltaire (IQ=190)
10.Schelling 75 Schelling (IQ=190)
11.Arnauld 75 Arnauld (IQ=190)
12.Berkeley 75 Berkeley (IQ=190)
13.Haller 75 Haller (IQ=190)
14.Melanchthon 75 Melanchthon (IQ=190)
15.Pitt (the Younger) 75 Pitt (the Younger) (IQ=190)
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16.Galileo Galileo (IQ=185)
17.Lagrange 75 Lagrange (IQ=185)
18.Davy 75 Davy (IQ=185)
19.Jean d'Alembert 75 D'Alembert (IQ=185)
18.Auguste Comte 75 Comte (IQ=185)
17. Campanella (IQ=185)
21.Pierre Gassendi 75 Gassendi (IQ=185)
22. Humboldt, the Younger (IQ=185)
24. Leopardi (IQ=185)
25. Mirabeau (IQ=185)
26. Niebuhr (IQ=185)
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27.Leonardo da Vinci Da Vinci (IQ=180)
29.Descartes 75 Descartes (IQ=180)
30.Francis Bacon 75 Bacon (IQ=180)
30.Michelangelo Michelangelo (IQ=180)
31.John Stuart MillMill (IQ=180)
32. Byron (IQ=180)
33. Arago (IQ=180)
34. Bailly (IQ=180)
35. Bentham (IQ=180)
36. Bossuet (IQ=180)
37. Brougham (IQ=180)
38. Chattterton (IQ=180)
39. Condorcet (IQ=180)
40. Dickens (IQ=180)
41. Erasmus (IQ=180)
42. Fenelon (IQ=180)
43. Gibbon (IQ=180)
44. Hugo (IQ=180)
45. Justus Liebig 75Liebig (IQ=180)
46. Malebranche (IQ=180)
47. Milton (IQ=180)
48. Musset (IQ=180)
49. Oersted (IQ=180)
50. Peel (IQ=180)
51. Pope (IQ=180)
52. Scalinger (IQ=180)
53. Stael (IQ=180)
54. Tasso (IQ=180)
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55.Huygens 75 Huygens (IQ=175)
56. Kepler (IQ=175)
Spinoza Spinoza (IQ=175)
● Kant (IQ=175)
58.Joseph Gay-Lussac 75 Gay-Lussac (IQ=175)
59. Humboldt, W. (IQ=175)
60. Bunsen (IQ=175)
61. Spenser (IQ=175)
62. Adams, J. Q. (IQ=175)
63. Agassiz (IQ=175)
64. Bichat (IQ=175)
65. Buggon (IQ=175)
66. Calvin (IQ=175)
67. Cardan (IQ=175)
68. Coleridge (IQ=175)
69. Cuvier (IQ=175)
70. Jonson, B. (IQ=175)
71. Lamennais (IQ=175)
72. Macaulay (IQ=175)
73. Southey, R. (IQ=175)
74. Thou (IQ=175)
75. Vega, de (IQ=175)
76. Wolf, F.A. (IQ=175)
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77.Lavoisier 75 Lavoisier (IQ=170)
78.Faraday Faraday (IQ=170)
79.Lazare Carnot 75 Carnot (IQ=170)
80.Hamilton 75 Hamilton (IQ=170)
81. Atterbury (IQ=170)
82. Bentley (IQ=170)
83. Calderon
(IQ=170)
84. Canope (IQ=170)
85. Chalmers (IQ=170)
86. Chalmers (IQ=170)
87. Constant (IQ=170)
88. Fichte (IQ=170)
89. Handel (IQ=170)
90. Irving W. (IQ=170)
91. Kotzebue (IQ=170)
92. Longfellow (IQ=170)
93. Luther (IQ=170)
94. Marat (IQ=170)
95. Metastasio (IQ=170)
96. Napier (IQ=170)
97. Penn (IQ=170)
98. Racine (IQ=170)
99. Raphael (IQ=170)
100. Renan (IQ=170)

1.Leonardo da VinciDa Vinci (IQ=220)
2.Goethe (75px) Goethe (IQ=215)
3.Shakespeare Shakespeare (IQ=210)
4.Albert Einstein (1905) (75px) Einstein (IQ=205)
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5.Isaac Newton (75px) Newton (IQ=195)
6.Edison 75 Edison (IQ=195)
7.Jefferson 75 Jefferson (IQ=195)
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8.Aristotle 75 Aristotle (IQ=190)
9.Archimedes 75 Archimedes (IQ=190)
10.Brunelleschi 75 Brunelleschi (IQ=190)
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11.Copernicus 75 Copernicus (IQ=185)
12.John Stuart Mill Mill (IQ=185)
13.Franklin 75 Franklin (IQ=185)
14.Eliot 75 Eliot (IQ=185)
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15.Gottfried Leibniz (75px) Leibnitz (IQ=182)
16.Euclid 75 Euclid (IQ=182)
17.Borges 75 Borges (IQ=182)
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18.Galileo Galileo (IQ=180)
19.Faraday Faraday (IQ=180)
20.Curie Curie (IQ=180)
21.Hawking 75 Hawking (IQ=180)
22.Plato 75 Plato (IQ=180)
23. Alberti (IQ=180)
24. Bell (IQ=180)
25. Pitt (the Elder) (IQ=180)
26. Bonaparte (IQ=180)
27. Alexander the Great (IQ=180)
28. Khan (IQ=180)
29. Pavlov (IQ=180)
30. Phidias (IQ=180)
31. Dali (IQ=180)
32. Stravnsky (IQ=180)
33. Elizabeth I (IQ=180)
34. Carnegie (IQ=180)
35. Sinan (IQ=180)
36. Duchamp (IQ=180)
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37. Doyle (IQ=182)
38. Tinsley (IQ=182)
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39.Descartes 75Descartes (IQ=175)
40.MichelangeloMichelangelo (IQ=175)
41.SpinozaSpinoza (IQ=175)
42. Dante (IQ=175)
43. Homer (IQ=175)
44. Picasso (IQ=175)
45. 1st Ch'in Emperor (IQ=175)
46. Averroes (IQ=175)
47. Suli (IQ=175)
48. Erasmus, D. (IQ=175)
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49. Heisenberg (IQ=173)
50.Gates 75 Gates (IQ=173)
51.Darwin 75 Darwin (IQ=173)
52. Crick (IQ=173)
53. Sophocles (IQ=173)
54. Milton (IQ=173)
55. Stephenson (IQ=173)
56. Aeschylus (IQ=173)
57. Euripides (IQ=173)
58. Lao-Tzu (IQ=173)
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59. Cesar (IQ=170)
60. Confucious (IQ=170)
61. Lincoln (IQ=170)
62. Raphael (IQ=170)
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63. Marconi (IQ=165)
64. Wright (IQ=165)
65.Beethoven 75 Beethoven (IQ=165)
66.Machiavelli 75 Machiavelli (IQ=165)
67. Aquinas (IQ=165)
68. Bach (IQ=165)
69. Lister (IQ=165)
70. Wren (IQ=165)
71. Brunel (IQ=165)
72. Sun Tzu (IQ=165)
73. Sappho (IQ=165)
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74.Socrates 75 Socrates (IQ=160)
75. Mozart (IQ=160)
76.Jung 75 Jung (IQ=160)
77. Suleyman (IQ=160)
78. Gandhi (IQ=160)
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79. Montessori (IQ=157)
80. Vyasa (IQ=156)
81. Hannibal (IQ=155)
82. Alexander, F.M. (IQ=150)
83. Verdi (IQ=150)
84. Dickens (IQ=150)
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85. Cezanne (IQ=149)
86. Graham (IQ=148)
87. Ali (IQ=147)
88. Megellan (IQ=145)
89. Wellesley (IQ=145)
90. Nelson (IQ=145)
91. Titan (IQ=145)
92. Rembrandt (IQ=145)
93. Zizka (IQ=145)
94. Gutenberg (IQ=140)
95. Washington (IQ=140)
96. Columbus (IQ=140)
97. Chaplin (IQ=140)
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98. Ueshiba (IQ=131)
99. Disney (IQ=123)

1.Leonardo da VinciDa Vinci (GS=822)
2.Shakespeare Shakespeare (GS=818)
2.Goethe (75px) Goethe (GS=816)
4.MichelangeloMichelangelo (GS=814)
5.Isaac Newton (75px) Newton (GS=810)
6.Jefferson 75 Jefferson (GS=809)
7.Alexander 75 Alexander the Great (GS=808)
8.Phidias 75 Phidias (GS=808)
9.Albert Einstein (1905) (75px) Einstein (GS= 804)
10.Edison 75 Edison (GS=799)
11.Homer 75 Homer (GS=797)
12.Plato 75 Plato (GS=797)
13.Euclid 75 Euclid (GS=795)
14.Elizabeth 75 Elizabeth I (GS=795)
15.Archimedes 75 Archimedes (GS=798)
16.Aristotle 75 Aristotle (GS=798)
17.Brunelleschi 75 Brunelleschi (GS=788)
18. Carnegie (GS=785)
19. 1st Ch'in Emperor (GS=783)
20. Sinan (GS=782)
21.Copernicus 75 Copernicus (GS=780)
22.Beethoven 75 Beethoven (GS=779)
23. Picasso (GS=777)
24. Alberti (GS=777)
25. Pavlov (GS=776)
26.Faraday Faraday (GS=776)
27. Stravnsky (GS=770)
28.Franklin 75 Franklin (GS=770)
29.Darwin 75 Darwin (GS=769)
30. Sophocles (784)
31. Ali (GS=763)
32. Vyasa (GS=756)
33. Doyle (GS=755)
34. Bell (GS=754)
35. Dali (GS=752)
36. Aquinas (GS=750)
37. Borges (GS=750)
38. Milton (GS=746)
39. Khan (GS=744)
40. Bach (GS=741)
41. Disney (GS=740)
42. Columbus (GS=739)
43. Ueshiba (GS=739)
44. Graham (GS=739)
45.Curie Curie (GS=738)
46.Gottfried Leibniz (75px) Leibnitz (GS=737)
47. Cezanne (GS=734)
48. Marconi (GS=733)
49. Wright (GS=732)
50. Stephenson (GS=731)
51. Aeschylus (GS=730)
52. Crick (GS=725)
53. Montessori (GS=723)
54. Wren (GS=723)
55. Heisenberg (GS=722)
56. Socrates (GS=715)
57. Brunel (GS=714)
58. Gates (GS=713)
59. Cesar (GS=713)
60. Bonaparte (GS=712)
61. Lister (GS=710)
62.Jung 75 Jung (GS=708)
63.Hawking 75 Hawking (GS=708)
64.Galileo Galileo (GS=707)
65. Alexander, F.M. (GS=707)
66. Suleyman (GS=706)
67. Pitt (the Elder) (GS=701)
68. Megellan (GS=699)
69. Eliot (GS=699)
70. Duchamp (GS=697)
71. Tinsley (GS=689)
72. Verdi (GS=689)
73. Dickens (GS=688)
74. Confucious (GS=687)
75. Lincoln (GS=683)
76. Chaplin (GS=680)
77. Mozart (GS=676)
78. Nelson (GS=675)
79. Euripides (GS=673)
80. Wellesley (GS=672)
81. Lao-Tzu (GS=671)
82. Averroes (GS=655)
83. Raphael (GS=654)
84. Dante (GS=653)
85. Sun Tzu (GS=652)
86. Gandhi (GS=639)
87. Washington (GS=638)
88. Suli (GS=632)
89.John Stuart Mill Mill (GS=620)
90. Titan (GS=611)
91. Descartes (GS=609)
92. Machiavelli (GS=597)
93. Erasmus, D. (GS=569)
94. Rembrandt (GS=549)
95. Zizka (GS=540)
96. Hannibal (GS=536)
97. Gutenberg (GS=529)
98. Sappho (GS=514)
99.Spinoza Spinoza (GS=491)


Cox’s 1926 ranking of 300 Geniuses
(by IQ) (101-200)
Cox’s 1926 ranking of 300 Geniuses
(by IQ) (201-300)
Ranking Methodology
(notes)

101. Reuchlin (IQ=170)
102. Robespierre (IQ=170)
103.Adam Smith 75 Smith, A. (IQ=170)
104. Strauss (IQ=170)
105. Tennyson (IQ=170)
106. Turgot (IQ=170)
107. Velasquez (IQ=170)
108. Vergniaud (IQ=170)
109. Wagner (IQ=170)
110. Wieland (IQ=170)
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111.Boerhaave 75Boerhaave (IQ=165)
112.Darwin 75Darwin (IQ=165)
113.Watt 75Watt (IQ=165)
114.Denis Diderot 75Diderot (IQ=165)
115.Beethoven 75Beethoven (IQ=165)
116.Bach 75Bach (IQ=165)
117. Addison (IQ=165)
118. Bayle (IQ=165)
119. Beaumarchais (IQ=165)
120. Beza (IQ=165)
121. Bronte, C. (IQ=165)
122. Burnet (IQ=165)
123. Canning (IQ=165)
124. DeFoe (IQ=165)
125. Disraeli (IQ=165)
126. Fielding (IQ=165)
127. Fouche (IQ=165)
128. Guicciardini (IQ=165)
129. Guizot (IQ=165)
130. Guizot (IQ=165)
131. Hastings (IQ=165)
132.Hegel 75 Hegel (IQ=165)
133. Heine (IQ=165)
134. Herder (IQ=165)
135. William Herschel 75Herschel, W. (IQ=165)
136.Thomas Hobbes 75 Hobbes (IQ=165)
137. Holberg, L. von (IQ=165)
138. Jenner (IQ=165)
139. Johnson (IQ=165)
140. Law (IQ=165)
141. Carl Linnaeus 75Linnaeus (IQ=165)
142. Locke (IQ=165)
143. Mazzini (IQ=165)
144. Mendelssohn (IQ=165)
145. Montaigne (IQ=165)
146.Mozart 75 Mozart (IQ=165)
147. Newman, J.H. (IQ=165)
148.Priestley 75 Priestley (IQ=165)
149.Rayleigh 75Raleigh (IQ=165)
150. Robertson (IQ=165)
151. Sainte-Beuve (IQ=165)
152.Schiller 75Schiller (IQ=165)
153. Scott (IQ=165)
154. Shaftesbury (IQ=165)
155. Sheridan, R.B. (IQ=165)
156. St. Simon (IQ=165)
157. Swedenborg (IQ=165)
158. Tieck (IQ=165)
159. Weber (IQ=165)
160. Webster (IQ=165)
161. Winckelmann (IQ=165)
162. Wordsworth (IQ=165)
163. Zwingli (IQ=165)
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164. Alfieri (IQ=160)
165. Andrewes (IQ=160)
166.Berzelius 75 Berzelius (IQ=160)
167.Boyle 75Boyle (IQ=160)
168. Bunyan (IQ=160)
169. Canova (IQ=160)
170. Channing (IQ=160)
171. Chateaubriand (IQ=160)
172. Chesterfield (IQ=160)
173. Claredon (IQ=160)
174. Clarke, S. (IQ=160)
175.Copernicus 75 Copernicus (IQ=160)
176. Corneille (IQ=160)
177. Cowper (IQ=160)
178. Dryden (IQ=160)
179. Dupin (IQ=160)
180. Eliot 75Eliot, G. (IQ=160)
181. Etienne (IQ=160)
182. Franklin, B. (IQ=160)
183. Gaskell, E.C.S. (IQ=160)
184. Grimm, J.L. (IQ=160)
185. Grote (IQ=160)
186. Haydn (IQ=160)
187. Helvetius (IQ=160)
188. Hunter (IQ=160)
189. Jansen (IQ=160)
190. Jefferson (IQ=160)
191. Lamartine (IQ=160)
192. Lessing (IQ=160)
193. L'Hopital (IQ=160)
194. Madison (IQ=160)
195. Martineau, H. (IQ=160)
196. Mazarin (IQ=160)
197. Moliere (IQ=160)
198. Richelieu (IQ=160)
199. Rubens (IQ=160)
200. Sand (IQ=160)

201. Schleiermacher (IQ=160)
202. Sevigne (IQ=160)
203. Sumner, C. (IQ=160)
204. Thiers (IQ=160)
205. Wesley (IQ=160)
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206. Adams, J. (IQ=155)
207. Ait Weil Zade (IQ=155)
208. Balzac (IQ=155)
209. Baxter (IQ=155)
210. Beranger (IQ=155)
211. Bolivar (IQ=155)
Bulwer (IQ=155)
Cervantes (IQ=155)
Pitt (the Younter) (IQ=155)
Cervantes (IQ=155)
Cobden (IQ=155)
Danton (IQ=155)
Durer (IQ=155)
Emerson (IQ=155)
Fox, G. J. (IQ=155)
Fox, George (IQ=155)
Fulton, R. (IQ=155)
Gambetta, L.M. (IQ=155)
Hamilton, A. (IQ=155)
Hawthorne, N. (IQ=155)
La Fontaine (IQ=155)
Maintenon (IQ=155)
Miller, Hugh (IQ=155)
More (IQ=155)
Necker (IQ=155)
O’Connell (IQ=155)
Palestrina (IQ=155)
Pitt (the Elder) (IQ=155)
Prescott (IQ=155)
Rembrandt (IQ=155)
Savonarola (IQ=155)
Seward (IQ=155)
Swift (IQ=155)
Temple, W. (IQ=155)
Van Dyck (IQ=155)
Walpole (IQ=155)
Warburton (IQ=155)
Wilberforce (IQ=155)
Blake, H. (IQ=155)
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Bright (IQ=150)
Burns (IQ=150)
Cobbett (IQ=150)
Franklin (IQ=150)
Lincoln (IQ=150)
Marmont (IQ=150)
Moore (IQ=150)
Murillo (IQ=150)
Nelson (IQ=150)
Rousseau (IQ=150)
Soult (IQ=150)
Thackeray (IQ=150)
Wilkes (IQ=150)
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Alberoni (IQ=145)
Anderson, H. C. (IQ=145)
Blucher (IQ=145)
Garrison, W.L. (IQ=145)
Gluck (IQ=145)
Hogarth (IQ=145)
Jackson, A. (IQ=145)
Marlborough (IQ=145)
Meheme Ali (IQ=145)
Moreau (IQ=145)
Napoleon (IQ=145)
Poussin (IQ=145)
Reynolds (IQ=145)
Rossini (IQ=145)
Sherman (IQ=145)
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Bernadotte (IQ=140)
Clive (IQ=140)
Cortez (IQ=140)
Garibaldi (IQ=140)
Lee, R.E. (IQ=140)
Monk (IQ=140)
Vauban (IQ=140)
Washington (IQ=140)

+ 11 more below 140

Cox Ranking Methodology
● Methodology: to make this list, a team led by Stanford psychologist Catherine Cox, and Lewis Terman, the co-inventor of the IQ test, and psychologists Florence Goodenaugh, and Kate Gordon, gave an historically determined IQ ranked listing of the top 300 geniuses who lived between 1450 and 1850, by reading through 1,500 biographies and to each genius independently assign an estimated intelligence quotient, based on The Stanford Revision of the Binet-Simon Intelligence Scale, based on each individual’s life accomplishments and childhood abilities.
● Cox, Catharine, M. (1926). Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses (Genetic Studies of Genius Series). Stanford Univ Press.
Estimated IQs of the Greatest Geniuses – (Goethe ranked 1st (IQ = 210))
Cox's IQ Estimates of 301 Geniuses - IQComparisonSite.com.


Buzan Ranking Methodology
● Methodology: to make this list, English accelerated-learning expert Tony Buzan and English chess grandmaster Raymond Keene scored the world’s leading minds on an 835-point scale (GS=Genius Score): dominance in the field (100), active longevity (100), polymath (100), versatility (100), strength and energy (100), IQ (100), ongoing influence (100), prolificness and achievement of prime goal (100), universality of vision (15), outstanding originality (10), deliberate desire to create teaching avenues or academies to further the genius’ ideas (10).
Methodology (Buzan 100 Geniuses) – Braintrust.org.
● Buzan, Tony and Keene, Raymond. (1994). Book of Genius. Stanley Paul.
Greatest Geniuses of All Time (1-50) – Buzan’s book of Genius.
Top 10 Geniuses of All Time (1-10) - Buzan's Book Of Genius.

(a work in progress))

See also
IQ: 225+
IQ: 200+ (references)
IQ: 200(±) candidates

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