10 Remarkable Stephen Hawking IQ facts to pick your brain

Top 10 Stephen’s Hawking IQ  facts to pick your brain

The British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawkingis synonymous to the blue whales of scientific community. Be it Einstein or Tesla, Newton or Galileo, Hawking is no doubt ranked in the Big Leagues. What is even more remarkable is that he achieved a legendary status in science living in circumstances we cannot even imagine.Think of someone sitting in a chair all the time and being able to move only a single muscle, then think of using that muscle to figure out each letter and word and then sentence for a computer to speak on his behalf. Such is the effort Stephen Hawking needs to make to communicate.

Despite being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which paralyzed him completely, he continues to astonish us with his remarkable genius. He has made many significant contributions in the field of cosmology and quantum gravity. His intellectuality is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Here is a list of our top ten Stephen Hawking IQ facts :


IQ Level- 160


With the highest possible score of 162 and average IQ  believed to be of 100, Stephen Hawking’s  recorded IQ is of 160 and has served as the benchmark of people in the top 1% of the IQ rankings.  Interestingly his IQ is same as that of Einstein’s which was assumed to be 160 even though Einstein never took a modern IQ test.


Hawking’s Writings


No, wonder with the IQ level of 160, Stephen Hawking has more than 200 published papers. They mostly include scientific writings such as Large Scale Structure of Space-time, 300 years of gravity. But, nonetheless he has also hit the imaginary cords of countless humans with best sellers such as A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes, The Universe in a Nutshell and the list goes on and on. We here at 10ZAP don’t believe the list will stop anytime soon.


Not a member of Exclusive High IQ Club


Most of us may not know that there are Exclusive High IQ clubs. Guess what, there are plentiful of them. As far as these clubs go, Mensa International is the world’s oldest and largest high-IQ society whose mission is “to identify and to foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence; and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.”

In order to qualify for membership, you need to score above the ninety-eighth percentile on a standardized IQ test. Even though, Stephen Hawking’s qualifies and was “invited” according to the Mensa people, he declined to join the Club.


The Mediocre Student


One would assume that one of the most intelligent minds in human existence was a child prodigy and an A-grade genius. As it just so happens Stephen himself acknowledges that he didn’t learn to read properly until he was eight years old and his grades never surpassed the average scores of his classmates at St. Albans School. But, that didn’t stop him from building a computer with friends in his teens and grabbing the toughest and complex concepts of space time. Neither did it stop him from excelling at Oxford exams and securing a scholarship to study physics at the age of 17. It should remind all of us that the “high-scoring” mentality is definitely not the way to become a genius but rather is just a trait to indicate so.


Hawking on TV


Even when you face extraordinary physical challenges, the highly intelligent mind like that of Stephen Hawking doesn’t pass up on TV appearances. He has featured in popular TV shows such as “The Simpsons”, “Star Trek” and even in the infamous science show, “The Big Bang Theory”. He surprises the masses with his involvement in public outreach and his amazing humor.


The High IQ tends to Isolation hoax


There has always been this long standing urban legend that people who are extraordinarily intelligent tend to go into depression, isolation and end up having suicidal tendencies. We really cannot confirm how much of this is true. But, if there is one thing you can learn from Stephen Hawking’s life, it is the endless possibilities of this universe. After fighting an incurable disease and revolutionizing science for centuries, Hawking’s personal life tells you that he has experienced all that is there to explore. He has had two marriages and two divorces. His fame may have added to the troubles and ALS might have made it worse. It gives a certain degree of substance to the hoax but, now Hawking’s relationship with his former wife and his children and grand children tells a different story of a man who has lost it all and then gained some again.


Hawking’s statement on his IQ


He once said on his IQ”I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.” Perhaps, it is this down to earth nature which really separates the mediocre from the legends.No doubt, he is a rare gem whose life has been extended for us mere mortals to understand this amazing world a little better.


The Future of Life Institute (FLI) and Artificial Intelligence


One would think one of the greatest scientific achievers would be backing up any and every invention that is possible. But, it is safe to say brilliant minds still wouldn’t compromise Life for technological advancement. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Morgan Freeman, and all alike are on the Advisory Board of an institution called the Future of Life Institute. Call it a research and advocacy group to warn us against existential threats and guess, what is at the top? Artificial Intelligence!

Yes, with rapidly developing AI weapons and heavy financial backing of the big corporate money, AI is developing fast and the all time automated killer machines are very near to our doorsteps. And, even the mightiest of Intelligence like Stephen Hawking is wary of the AI controlled future.


The Sayings


It is pretty obvious that intelligent people’s words are widely appreciated even though those words may be great or not. However, one thing cool about Stephen Hawking is his quotations ranging from high in emotions to high in humor. In all likelihood, everyone would be convinced that logical humor=great intelligence, at least for our taste.


“I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.”


“I would go back to 1967, and the birth of my first child, Robert. My three children have brought me great joy.”


“I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) as the Ultimate Price


One would think a body paralyzing disease would also hinder the thinking prowess. Despite, ALS robbing him of the ability to walk, to write and type, and eventually speak, the disease had a reverse effect on his mind. One of his colleagues said, “As he gradually lost the use of his hands, he further developed his unique ways of thinking, by manipulating shapes and topologies in his head, and became even more advanced than the rest of us. He could move at lightning speed across the frontiers of knowledge and see things that nobody else could see. The disability forced him to carry himself in new ways, new directions.” We guess everything does come at a cost, in this case intelligence over normal bodily functions.

We hope you have had some fun picking on the fun facts about Stephen Hawking’s Intelligence and have become closer to him in some way.  In the end we just have one more thing to say, there is much more to Stephen Hawking than his IQ and scientific endeavors which needs to be explored thoroughly. Do scour the net-wits for more.


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