The Smartest People Who Ever Lived

  • 13. Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski (b. 1993) is a millennial unlike any other. She's always had an interest in aviation and physics. At 10 years old, she had her first flying lesson and three years later, she was building her own kit aircraft. In 2007, she soloed her Cessna 150 in Canada and certified her handmade aircraft legitimately airworthy. Pasterski describes herself as "a proud first-generation Cuban-American & Chicago Public Schools alumna" as well as an MIT undergraduate alumna. At 22 years old, she is now working on her graduate studies at Harvard, predominantly in the fields of gravitational physics and quantum mechanics. It's no wonder Harvard believes Pasterski is the next Einstein. Her work has already been quoted in a paper authored by Stephen Hawking and her advisor, Andrew Strominger. You can find out more about Pasterski on her website, PhysicsGirl.
  • 14. Confucius We may know him famously only for his Golden Rule, but Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) was a highly-influential Chinese philosopher, editor, teacher, and moral politician. His teachings have had a profound and long-lasting impact on many East Asian cultures and lifestyles.
  • 15. Sir Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1726) was an English physicist and mathematician, most famous for discovering gravity. His book Philosophiae Naturalis Principe Mathematica is the textbook on classical mechanics that has been studied by scientists for over 300 years. Thanks to Newton, we also know to not sit under any apple tree.