The Intelligence Quotient is widely recognized as a certified method of measuring someone’s intelligence.
It’s one thing to say you’re smart, and having good grades in school is more down to memorization and recitation than comparative thinking.
Therefore, having a high IQ score is widely sought after in people looking to recruit big thinkers.
Some of the most accomplished scientists, researchers, doctors, and inventors of all time have had high IQs, which they supplemented through hard work and dedication to their craft. Some men were born lucky enough to be brilliant—men like Christopher Langan.
You won’t find his accomplishments in medical journals, and he doesn’t work at NASA.
This man with a reported IQ between 195 and 200 – twice the average – is a typical American man with a sharp, quick mind and a simple life.
He’s often attributed to being the most intelligent man in the world, but looking at him and knowing what he’s done in the past, you might not know it.
10 /10 Rough Beginnings
Christopher Langan’s life wasn’t meant to be an easy one. From the beginning, his family was in trouble. His mother, Mary Chappelle, gave birth to him in San Francisco, California.
She was the daughter of a wealthy family in the shipping industry, but she was cut off for unknown reasons and left to fend for herself with her husband.
However, their marriage took a turn when Christopher’s biological father left for Mexico and was presumed dead.
9 /10 Hard Development
From then on, he was raised by a series of step-fathers. The first of whom was murdered, and the second committed suicide.
Each new marriage gave Christopher a new sibling and a new tragedy. The final husband, Jack Langan, was a failed journalist and a drunk who would disappear for long periods, lock the kitchen so the boys couldn’t eat, and use a whip for discipline.
They fell into poverty so foul that they only had one set of clothes each and even lived in a teepee on an Indian reservation in Nevada.