Nigerian Named Among World's Top 10 Most Intelligent People

Nigerian Named Among World's Top 10 Most Intelligent People

Philip Emeagwali was named among the top 10 most intelligent people in the world, with an acclaimed IQ of 190.

He is a famous and world-acclaimed mathematician, computer scientist, geologist, and engineer, who was one of 2 winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, an accolade from the IEEE, for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer to detect petroleum fields.

Emeagwali was 9th, directly above 10th placed Garry Kasparov who is alleged to have an IQ of 190 and below Marilyn Vos Savant, 8th with verified IQ of 190 as well.

The Igbo-born Nigerian is recognized for inventing a formula that makes it possible for supercomputers powered by thousands of processors to execute billions of calculations per second - a discovery that made international headlines and sparked the reinvention of supercomputers.

He programmed 64,000 processors inside a big box to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second, a world record in 1989. For that achievement, Emeagwali won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, which is the “Nobel Prize of supercomputing.”