As many of you have probably noticed, some of my recent articles have centred on intelligence. I previously brought out a depiction of what true intelligence is all about. It goes beyond the grades and test scores you see on your scripts in school, intelligence is also about being kind and hospitable, giving the right advice and also not being afraid or too arrogant to learn from others. Your ability to go beyond school work to study other things like learning how to cook, reading Greek Mythology, finding different information from different places in a bid to satisfy your curious mind is another perfect depiction of a smart person.
Over the years, so many intelligent people have contributed immensely to the growth of science and technology. Some of these people have been mentioned in some of our textbooks, while some are just famous out of their own unique accord. We are talking about people like Tesla, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein who contributed to the evolution of modern physics and philosophy, Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel; for their achievements in their theories of evolution and biology, Mendeleev; for his involvement in the arrangements of the modern periodic table. All these people have opened doors which were taught impossible by most. No doubt, they must have been very intelligent. But what if I told you that there was once someone, even more intelligent than these folks that walked the surface of this earth?
His name was William James Sidis, I say "was' because he no longer lives. He was said to have had an IQ between 250 to 300 based on so many reasons! First of which, he was an amazing mathematician, and all mathematics are exceptional geniuses; it's their nature.
Following his childhood story, William was born in New York City in the year 1898, his father earned himself 4 degrees from the Havard University while his mother was an MD (Medical Doctor) . So, I guess intelligence runs in the family.
Even at the age of 18 months, William began showing exceptional brilliance - he could read the New York Times newspaper already!
William started to speak 8 different languages (Greek, Latin, French,Hebrew, German, Russian, Turkish and Armenian) once he clocked 8 years of age, as well as going to invent his own language known as gender good - and I can't even speak my own local dialect at this my old age!
He was also recorded to have been the youngest person ever to attend Havard at the age of 11 after his dad tried when he was 9 and was rejected because of his age. This happened in the year 1909. He was so intelligent that he even started teaching his professors mathematics.
Now, William was never a big fan of fame. He had always wanted to live a secluded life, unmarried, as he was never attracted to women for anything. But it seemed people weren't ever planning on letting him go.
He once got a job that was earning him $23 per week and this went viral, American started believing he probably wasn't as brilliant as he was while he was younger. Contrarily, he wrote many books but never really used his real name for fear of too much fame.
He was also against the World War 1 and was arrested during a protest against the war which was perceived to be violent in Boston, 1919. He spent 18 months in prison.
No doubt, William was a very estranged and lonely man, living a life of unwarranted solitude. His life, despite being the genius that he was is probably nothing to right home about.
The modern world seeks to glorify people who are outstandingly Intelligent, people like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have continued to show that there's no limit to what the human mind can achieve. It is so sad that William didn't derive a joy out of his unwitting intelligence. He could have been the greatest tech builder or professor the world has ever had.
Sadly, William died at the age of 46 due to bleeding from his brain or otherwise known as cerebral hemorrhage in the year 1944. He wasn't recognised in any way by anybody. He died a "nobody".
I think there's a lesson to be learned from this man. You'll never know the worth of something till it's gone, do the best you can do now when you're alive such that when you're no more, you'll be recognized as a legend and and unforgettable someone.
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