Despite the fact that neither Albert Einstein, nor, of course, Isaac Newton passed the IQ test, it is believed that this indicator was 160
Bright Side wants to shed some light on the life story of William James Sideis and explain why he is not as famous as he could be.
By the age of 8, he spoke 8 languages
William was born in New York in 1898 . His father Boris was an outstanding psychologist, he earned 4 degrees from Harvard. The mother was also a doctor of medical sciences. Given that the parents were geniuses themselves, William James Sideis was expected to be a brilliant scientist. But his intelligence turned out to be too far from commonplace.
Boris Saidis, William’s father.
By the age of 1.5, he was able to read The New York Times. By the age of 8, he independently learned Latin, Greek, French, Russian, German, Hebrew, Turkish and Armenian. In addition to 8 languages, he invented his own, which he called Vendergood .
He became the youngest student at Harvard
Well aware of his son’s intelligence, William’s father tried to enroll him at Harvard, but he was refused, since the child at that time was only 9 years old . After 2 years, he was accepted, and in 1909 William became the youngest person to enter Harvard.
By 1910, his knowledge of mathematics had reached such heights that he began to lecture to his professors, deservedly earning the title of prodigy. At the age of 16, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
He chose to live in seclusion
Fame can be burdensome, especially when faced with it at a very young age. Shortly after graduating from university, William told reporters that he would like to live the “ideal life” and that for him is solitude. He also added that he will never marry because he is not attracted to women.
In addition to his unnecessary popularity, his decision was influenced by the pressure that he faced from his birth. At that time in the United States believed that with the right education, any child can be turned into a prodigy. A gifted psychologist, William’s father longed to make his son a star. For this, he applied his own psychological methods , which involved pressure.
William enjoyed studying as a child, but as he grew up, everything changed, and he blamed his father for it. When Boris passed away in 1923, William refused to attend his funeral.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison
William, as often happens with geniuses, sought to live modestly, so he worked in the low-paid position of an ordinary clerk . Despite this, people continued to recognize him. He had no choice but to change jobs.
In 1924, when reporters discovered that he was making $ 23 a week, William again made the headlines, but this time the press ridiculed his mental faculties, claiming that he was no longer capable of doing what he did as a child. This was not true, since during his life, William wrote many really valuable books under various pseudonyms.
He held socialist views and opposed the First World War. In 1919 he was arrested for a protest that escalated into riots in Boston. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison . However, the parents found a way to save William from prison and locked him in their sanatorium for 2 years.
Untimely death at 46
William lived his life all alone. He retired from his family, worked as a machinist and handyman to make ends meet. In 1944, in poverty and obscurity at the age of 46, William Sidis died of a cerebral hemorrhage (by the way, the same happened to his father). Thus ended the life of a man who could change the world.
What do you think of William Sideis’s story? Did you know that there was a person on Earth with an IQ of 250-300?Preview photo credit Oren Jack Turner / Public Domain / wikipedia , The Sidis Archives / Public Domain / wikipedia
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