The IQ of Albert Einstein is estimated at 160 and the IQ of Isaac Newton is 190 and Mark Zuckerberg is 152. These famous men are considered to be undisputed geniuses all over the world. But there was a time when a man lived when his IQ was said to be between 250 and 300! William James Sidis was the smartest man in history, a child of genius and an exceptional mathematician. He was fluent in several languages and was a gifted writer. But unfortunately few people have ever heard his name.
Here is the life story of William James Sidis and lets see why this man is not well known...
At the age of 8 he could speak 8 different languages
William was born in 1898 in New York City. His father, Boris, was a psychologist with four degrees from Harvard University. His mother was also a doctor. Since William's parents were geniuses themselves, it was predictable that he would be smart and talented, but his intelligence was far beyond normal.
William could read the New York Times when he was only 18 months old. By age 8, he had learned eight different languages - Latin, Greek, French, Russian, German, Hebrew, Turkish and Armenian - on his own. In addition to those eight languages, he invented called "Vendergood".
He became the youngest person to be accepted to Harvard University
Fully aware of his extraordinary intelligence, William's father tried to enroll him at Harvard University, but his request was denied because William was only nine years old at the time. He was accepted to Harvard University two years later, and in 1909 he became the youngest person to be admitted to Harvard. By 1910, his knowledge of mathematics was so high that he gradually began to teach instead of his teachers, earning him the title of "genius child." William graduated from the university at the age of 16 with a bachelor of arts degree.
He decided to live in solitude and isolation
Fame can be frustrating, especially if you get involved at an early age. Shortly after graduating from university, William told reporters that he wished he could have a "full life" that he saw as secluded. He also said that he intends to never marry because women do not want him.
In addition to his unwanted fame, his decision showed the pressure he had been under from birth. At the time, it was believed in the United States that children could be turned into genius children with proper education. As a psychologist, William's father was eager to see his son shine. To achieve this goal, he used his psychological approaches to raise his son and pushed him forward. Although William enjoyed learning as a child, he changed his mind when he grew up and blamed his father. When Boris died in 1923, William did not attend his funeral.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison
Like what geniuses usually do to get attention, William became a low-income clerk. But people still knew him, so he had no choice but to change jobs again. In 1924, when reporters found out he was doing something for only $ 23 a week, his name made headlines again. This time, however, they ridiculed his intelligence and said he could no longer do what he had done as a child. But this was not true, as William wrote valuable books under various pseudonyms during his lifetime. He was a socialist and a protester of World War I. In 1919, William was arrested for participating in a violent Boston protest and sentenced to 18 months in prison. However, his parents found a way to prevent him from being imprisoned and instead imprisoned him in their sanatorium for two years.
His tragic death at the age of 46
William spent his life in grief and loneliness. He was cut off from his family and made a living by doing mundane things. A man who could change the world died in 1944 at the age of 46 of anemia due to a brain hemorrhage. Interestingly, his father also died for this reason