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William James Sidis
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Educator
    (April 1, 1898-July 17, 1944)
    Smartest man in world history, estimated IQ of 250-300, 11 year old Harvard student and lecturer
    Died of cerebral hemorrhage at age 46
    Became an Atheist at age 6
    He disliked sports and would not participate in physical activities.
    He was afraid of dogs.
    He vowed never to marry and he never did.
    He was a reformed communist.
    Considering his abilities, he contributed little to society.
    Although he start writing many books, rarely did he finish them and only a few were published.
    He disregarded money and only worked odd jobs to survive.
    He was interested in politics.
    He was a pacifist and conscientious objector.
    He was arrested numerous times for anti-war protests.
    He was frequently abused his whole life and after by newspapers.
    After a newspaper said he was 'burning-out' he sued them.
    One of his libel suits went to the Supreme Court, where he won.
    He was born on April Fool's day.
    He began reading the New York Times at 18 months.
    By age six, he spoke Russian, French, German and Hebrew, eventually learning over 200 different languages.
    At age six, he could calculate the day of the week for any date.
    He graduated grammar school at age six, it only took him seven months.
    He passed Harvard anatomy entry exam at 7; MIT entrance exam at 8.
    He enrolled at Harvard (and lectured) at 11.
    He graduated and entered law school at 16.
    He was able to feed himself at eight months.
    By age one, he was spelling words.
    He had total recall.
    He predicted black holes and other scientific phenomena.
    He was knowledgeable in Native American history, and how their culture influenced and molded American history.
    He was the son of famous Russian-American emigrant psychiatrist, Boris Sidis. His mother was a medical doctor. He was the Godson of William James and friends with Teddy Roosevelt and Josiah Royce.

Credit: GP Burdell


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