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Monday, October 29, 2007

You want to dominate THIS list?

Daily Telegraph: British brains dominate list of living geniuses

Britain has more living geniuses per head of population than anywhere else in the world, according to a new survey which reveals the country's influence on science, technology, business and the arts.

Almost a quarter of those featured in the list of 100 living geniuses are Britons, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web, [Al Gore, call your lawyer's office. - F.G.] in joint first place, and physicist Stephen Hawking at seven in the list.

British artists and musicians feature heavily, including Brit Art leader Damien Hirst at number 15, poet Seamus Heaney at 26, playwright Harold Pinter at 31, Sir Paul McCartney at 58, David Bowie at 67, Harry Potter author JK Rowling at 83 and filmmaker Ken Russell at 100.

Sir Richard Branson, the head of Virgin Group, at 49, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall, at 58, and psychologist Dorothy Rowe, at 72, also made the list.

With 24 Britons in the list, the country has generated one living genius per 2.5 million people – a higher proportion than any other country.

The list, compiled by a panel of six experts in creativity and innovation, is jointly topped by Sir Tim and Albert Hofmann, the Swiss scientist who created the drug LSD.

They are followed by George Soros, the American financier and philanthropist, Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Nelson Mandela, the former South African president.

There are also some surprise entrants. Osama Bin Laden ranks at number 43, a spot he shares with Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and Mohammed Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion.

The Americans have 43 geniuses on the list – one per 6.9 million people.

Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm, chose their geniuses by awarding scores out of 10 to each entrant against a number of factors: paradigm shifting; popular acclaim; intellectual power; achievement and cultural importance. The firm emailed 4,000 Britons this summer and asked them to nominate up to 10 living people who they considered geniuses.

They received back 1,100 nominations for individuals in all walks of life, more than 60 per cent of whom were either American or English. Only 60 per cent were still alive.

The panel was then charged with ranking the list in order of genius and to present a resulting shortlist of 100, who were then scored against the five factors.

Nigel Clarke, a managing partner of Synectics UK & Europe, said: "Many people argue that a genius can be defined by their contribution, where it turns conventional thinking on its head.

"I think that Albert Hoffman and Tim Berners-Lee have this in common with the great geniuses of the past.

''Both of them have, in their own way, turned the world that we live in upside down. And it may be that alone that accounts for their acclamation as the world's greatest living geniuses."

1] Albert Hoffman (Swiss)

1] Tim Berners-Lee (British)
Computer Scientist

3] George Soros (American)
Investor & Philanthropist

This is as far as any sane man needs to go before realizing this is either a monumental joke or the work of a madman.

4] Matt Groening (American)
Satirist & Animator

I am no fan of Citizen Mandela, but the guy who created The Simpsons?

5] Nelson Mandela (South African)
Politician & Diplomat

5] Frederick Sanger (British)

7] Dario Fo (Italian)
Writer & Dramatist

7] Steven Hawking (British)

Hawking proves that a fat PR man is worth his weight in gold.

9] Oscar Niemeyer (Brazilian)

9] Philip Glass (American)

Glass is tied for ninth? That is just sick.

9] Grigory Perelman (Russian)

12] Andrew Wiles (British)

12] Li Hongzhi (Chinese)
Spiritual Leader

If Citizen Li is not out of Slave China yet, he better start running right now.

12] Ali Javan (Iranian)

Same for ol' Ali. Unless he is the Father of the Iranian Bomb, of course. [Don't worry, kiddies, I checked. He is safely ensconced at MIT and is co-inventor of the gas laser.]

15] Brian Eno (British)

Oy vey!

15] Damian Hirst (British)

15] Daniel Tammet (British)
Savant & Linguist

18] Nicholson Baker (American)


19] Daniel Barenboim (N/A)

Nobody will claim him.

20] Robert Crumb (American)

Who's Harry Crumb?

20] Richard Dawkins (British)
Biologist and philosopher

20] Larry Page & Sergey Brin (American)

20] Rupert Murdoch (American)

Oh, no. He's Australian.

20] Geoffrey Hill (British)

BTW, there are too damn many ties in this list. Prove you have a pair and pick one!

25] Garry Kasparov (Russian)
Chess Player

Fyodor's endorsed candidate for President of Russia.

26] The Dalai Lama
Spiritual Leader

Brave, yes. But a genius?

26] Steven Spielberg
Film maker

Viva Spielbergo!

26] Hiroshi Ishiguro

26] Robert Edwards
Pioneer of IVF treatment

In vitro, nobody can hear you scream...

26] Seamus Heaney (Irish)

31] Harold Pinter
Writer & Dramatist


32] Flossie Wong-Staal

32] Bobby Fischer (American)
Chess Player

That is just mean.

32] Prince (American)


32] Henrik Gorecki (Polish)

32] Avram Noam Chomski
Philosopher & linguist

Noam is a commie. It does take a lot of cogitatin' power to reconcile that with one's conscience. Or a lot of booze.

32] Sebastian Thrun (German)
Probabilistic roboticist

32] Nima Arkani Hamed (Canadian)

32] Margaret Turnbull

40] Elaine Pagels (American)

40] Enrique Ostrea (Philippino)
Pediatrics & neonatology

40] Gary Becker (American)

43] Mohammed Ali (American)


43] Osama Bin Laden (Saudi)

Goat rape is brain food.

43] Bill Gates (American)

It takes a genius to sterilize poor women.

43] Philip Roth


43] James West
Invented the foil electrical microphone

That surely tops M. Ali [#43 above], who only invented the rope-a-dope.

43] Tuan Vo-Dinh (Vietnamese)
Bio-Medical Scientist

49] Brian Wilson (American)

Oh my. I do believe I just soiled myself.

49] Stevie Wonder (American)
Singer songwriter

It is about time.

49] Vint Cerf (American)
Computer scientist

49] Henry Kissinger (American)
Diplomat and politician

49] Richard Branson (British)

49] Pardis Sabeti (Iranian)
Biological anthropologist

We seem to be stuck on 49, kiddies.

49] Jon de Mol (Dutch)
Television producer

49] Meryl Streep (American)

Kissinger is gonna be pissed.

49] Margaret Attwood (Canadian)

58] Placido Domingo (Spanish)

58] John Lasseter (American)
Digital Animator

58] Shunpei Yamazaki (Japanese)
Computer scientist & physicist

58] Jane Goodall (British)
Ethologist & Anthropologist

58] Kirti Narayan Chaudhuri (Indian)

58] John Goto (British)

58] Paul McCartney (British)

He did get away with murdering one of his "wives", after all. And he portrayed the maimed one as a golddigger. Brilliant!

58] Stephen King (American)


58] Leonard Cohen (American)
Poet & musician


67] Aretha Franklin (American)


67] David Bowie (British)

Another example of British genius.

67] Emily Oster (American)

67] Steve Wozniak (American)
Engineer and co-founder of Apple Computers

67] Martin Cooper (American)
Inventor of the cell phone


72] George Lucas (American)
Film maker

72] Niles Rogers (American)


72] Hans Zimmer (German)

72] John Williams (American)

72] Annette Baier (New Zealander)

My eyes are glazing over...

72] Dorothy Rowe (British)

72] Ivan Marchuk (Ukrainian)
Artist & sculptor

72] Robin Escovado (American)

72] Mark Dean (American)
Inventor & computer scientist

72] Rick Rubin (American)
Musician & producer

Please, make it stop!

72] Stan Lee (American)

I love Marvel Comics, but Stan must be blushing from head to toe.

83] David Warren (Australian)

83] Jon Fosse (Norwegian)
Writer & dramatist

83] Gjertrud Schnackenberg (American)

She is a genius because she can spell her own name.

83] Graham Linehan (Irish)
Writer & dramatist

83] JK Rowling (British)


83] Ken Russell (British)
Film maker

Blah, blah, blah...

83] Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (Russian)
Small arms designer

Cheap, rugged automatic weapons for all the peasants. Definitely genius. Definitely Zardoz.

83] Erich Jarvis (American)

91] Chad Varah (British)
Founder of Samaritans

91] Nicolas Hayek (Swiss)
Businessman and founder of Swatch

91] Alastair Hannay (British)

94] Patricia Bath (American)

94] Thomas A. Jackson (American)
Aerospace engineer

94] Dolly Parton (American)

Now the joke is exposed. Dolly is obviously #44...DD.

94] Morissey (British)

He's still alive?

94] Michael Eavis (British)
Organiser of Glastonbury

94] Ranulph Fiennes (British)

100] Quentin Tarantino (American)

He has been promoted from everybody's third favorite foot fetishist to world's #100 genius. That's some serious marketing, baby.

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