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10 Most Intelligent People in History


  1. English scientist who featured on the last ever UK pound notes.
  2. Scientist who discovered the theory of electromagnetism and is acclaimed as the father of modern physics.
  3. Albert Einstein (who is best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula) died in which decade?
  4. Drawer of The Vitruvian Man.

  5. Father of Modern Philosophy who said "we cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt".
  6. Considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era, who Einstein described as "the last man in the world to know everything".
  7. Was the first to observe the rings of Saturn in 1610 and has been called the father of observational astronomy.
  8. German philosopher who is best known for developing differential and integral calculus.
  9. Can you name the a fresco by Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo which covers the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chapel?
  10. Polish astronomer who was the first to say the Sun not the Earth was the center of the universe.


  1. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
  2. James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)
  3. 1950s (1879-1955)
  4. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
  5. Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
  6. Johann Goethe
  7. Galileo Galilei
  8. Gottfried Leibniz
  9. The Last Judgment
  10. Nicolaus Copernicus