Robert Roy Britt, the LiveScience Editorial Director at AOL, reported on the changing face of genius and the latest list of smart people as compiled by a British panel of experts. While everyone knows Albert Einstein was a genius, few people know who today's living geniuses are.
The following ten people have been named as living geniuses in order of smarts. Notice the high level of ties (I have grouped the ties together). It must have been a tough list to decide upon.
Tim Berners-Lee is a British physicist turned programmer credited with inventing the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee originally tied Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman, the discoverer of LSD, for first place in smarts, but Hoffman died in April.
George Soros is a Hungarian-born American financial speculator with enough smarts to make a 9 billion dollar fortune.
Matt Groening is the creator of 'The Simpsons,' the Fox television's animated sitcom that has lasted 20 seasons.
British biochemist, Frederick Sanger won the Nobel Prize twice, the 1958 Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a method of studying the structure of proteins, and the 1980 prize for developing a method of determining the chemical structure of large pieces of DNA. Also fourth in smarts is Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in a South African prison for fighting racism before becoming that countries first black president.
The 1997 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Dario Fo, the Italian satirist and playwright tied for sixth place in smarts with Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who proved Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, a pioneer of Modernism and reinforced concrete tied with American composer, Philip Glass, and Russian Grigori Perelman, who solved a geometric problem posed in 1904 regarded as one of the most difficult in mathematics.
Illustration: Mary Bellis