At some point in your life, you too may have wished to be multi-talented and if you don’t know it yet, there’s actually a term for such people: polymath. So basically, such people are individuals who are well knowledgeable in many areas, such as mathematics, physics, music and so forth. If you’re interested in the most talented people that have ever lived through, then pay close attention to the paragraphs below, as they’ll tell you more about the Top 10 Most Talented People in the World.
10. Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is one of the founding fathers of the US as we know it today, but on top of that he was also a scientist, an inventor, politician, printer and author and he had many scientific contributions that influenced electricity and physics. To include some of his inventions, they are the first public lending library in the US, the odometer, the glass harmonica, the Franklin stove, the lightning rod and the bifocals.
9. Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t also an incredible artist, but also one of the most interesting inventors who’ve ever lived. Some of his ideas include the theory of plate tectonics, the calculator, solar power, tank and the helicopter, on top of painting the popular Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
8. Isaac Asimov
While you may find it hard to believe, Asimov wrote more than nine thousand postcards and letters and more than five hundred books. He was a prolific polymath who had amazing writing skills and that is why he is published in 9 out of ten major categories in the Dewey Decimal System.
7. Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson was very well known for his acting talents and his wonderful bass-baritone voice. On top of these talents though, he was also a lawyer, a scholar, a multi-lingual orator, a writer and an athlete.
6. Isaac Newton
When it comes to the Renaissance man, Newton is the true package. He was a philosopher, a theologian, a physicist and a mathematician who came up with the laws of motion and the theories of gravity. In most cases, he is credited as having more influence in the world of science than Albert Einstein.
5. Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Humanitarian, peace activist, philosopher, physician, theologian and musician, it seems that Schweitzer did have a pretty busy life. Not only did he manage to win the Nobel Prize in nineteen fifty-two, but he also campaigned against nuclear weapons and founded a hospital.
4. Hildegard von Bingen
Hildegard von Bingen was one of the most prolific Renaissance women ever known. She was very skilled and since an early age managed to master various subjects. On top of that, she also experienced visions which later on helped form the Christian salvation and doctrine. Because of her talents and true gifts, she was sought after by popes for many years. Hildegard though showed a lot of interest in the science of the body and she invented medical terminology such as melancholy and sanguine. In the time of extremes, she was known for being a moderate, which is an aspect that sets her apart for her time.
Aristotle was one of the most extraordinary polymaths who’ve ever lived. He was a Greek philosopher who had writings covering subjects such as zoology, ethics, biology, politics, government, rhetoric, theater, music, logic, physics, poetry and metaphysics. Many discoveries are credited to him, such as the syllogism, logic, reason and the golden mean.
2. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was the most talented man to ever rule any country in the world and that is because he was the US’ third president. On top of government and politics, he also showed interests in birds, wine, books and inventions. He was a prolific writer and because of his skills, he eventually mastered translating Gaelic.
1. Douglas Hofstadter
Hofstadter was born in nineteen forty-five and he’s the closest thing we have to a modern-day polymath. He is a physicist, a mathematician, academic artist and musician, anesthetist, philosopher, author and professor of cognitive sciences.
These are the Top 10 Most Talented People Of All Time, truly amazing people who have shaped the many systems and meanings of the world we live in today. Without their contribution in their respective fields, the world would have been a much different place today.