The Smartest People Who Ever Lived

  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Albert Einstein Perhaps the most famous scientist who ever lived, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a pioneering German-Jewish physicist, and paved much of the foundation for how we look at modern science today. He developed the theory of relativity and received a 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his quantum description of light. Nowadays, the name "Einstein" is synonymous with "genius." It certainly doesn't take an "Einstein" to add this man to our list.
  • 6. Alan Turing Alan Turing (1912-1954) was an influential English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, and theoretical biologist. His invention, the Turing Machine, was foundational to the modern model of a general purpose computer. During World War II, Turing worked for the British Government Code and Cypher School and it was his mathematical genius that helped to break the Nazi's Enigma code. With this knowledge, the war was estimated to have been shortened by two years and over 14 million lives were saved.