Greatest black geniuses

In genius studies, greatest black geniuses refers to geniuses whose skin color is darker, i.e. indicative of a more equatorial ethnicity, e.g. Africans, or heritage, e.g. African-Americans. [N1][N2]

The following is a work-in-progress of greatest black geniuses; IQ numbers in left column are from the said genius's position amid the top 1000 genius rankings, numbers in brackets [#] indicating position therein:

Greatest Black Geniuses
IQ estimates


Imhotep 75 Imhotep
 IQ_O \,=170-200
IQ SS=150, 170, 190
[RGM:266|1,260+] Egyptian polymath, first architect, engineer, and physician in early history, who served under third dynasty king Djoser (Zoser) as chancellor to the pharaoh and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis, architect of the world’s first pyramid, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara; a possible main theorist behind the current world dominating Anunian theologies.

Akhenaten 75Akhenaten
 IQ_O \,=215Generally credited as the person who moved the world, or at least Egypt, from a henotheism-based state religion, i.e. one supreme god (see: supreme god timeline) + lesser gods, to monotheism-based state religion, one god (Aten), where god became, a few anthropomorphisms aside (e.g. Aten's finger), the the heat or energy of the sun.

Frederick Douglass 75Frederick Douglass

[RGM:276|1,400+] American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman;

“You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.”
— Friedrich Douglass (1881) (Ѻ)

Douglass was beyond all comparison the ablest man whom the black race ever produced in our country, either among pure black or the class of mixed blood.”
— James Pond (1900), Eccentricities of Genius (pg. 29)

An Inderjit Singh (2016) (Ѻ) top 150 genius; Quora gauged (2015) (Ѻ), speculatively, with George Carver, at the possible intellectual level of Newton, given social impediments.
4. W.E.B. Du Bois 75William Du Bois

[RGM:N/A|1,600+] African-American scholar; mentored (Ѻ) at Harvard by William James; noted for his “brilliant and seminal” (Jacoby, 2004) The Souls of Black Folks, wherein he prophesies that the problem (Ѻ) of the 20th century is the problem of the color-line, in which he argues against Booker Washington’s model of education and progress for black men being solely focused on industrial education, instead advocating the addition of a classical education to establish leaders and educators in the black community; name-dropped in the film Akeelah and the Bee (2006).
5. Hubert Harrison 75Hubert Harrison

A Thomas Paine proselyte; who was well-read in Galileo, Rene Descartes, Newton, David Hume, Benedict Spinoza, Denis Diderot, Jean d’Alembert, Voltaire, and Baron d’Holbach; quote: “I am agnostic; not a dogmatic disbeliever nor a bumptious and narrow infidel. I am not at all of the Col. Ingersoll’s school. I am agnostic such as Huxley was”; “These French deists made certain false premise which we smile at today; the believed in keeping monotheism, but fixing it, which is absurd”; “I prefer to go to the grave with my eyes open”; characterized the “black Socrates” (Hecht, 2003; Jackson, 2015) (Ѻ) and an “intellectual giant”. [1]

Martin King 75Martin King
 IQ_O \,=140+[RGM:68|1,260+] American civil rights pioneer;

“I have always been somewhat precocious, both physical and mentally. My IQ stands somewhat above the average. So, it seems that from a hereditary point of view, nature was very kind to me.” — Martin King (1950) , age 21 essay on the religious development of personality; generally considered genius (Ѻ)
7. George Carver 75George Carver

A 2012 “missing genius” candidate (Ѻ)
8. Hatshepsut 75Hatshepsut

[RGM:457|1,260+] Egyptian pharaoh (5th of Eighteenth Dynasty);

“Hatshepsut is the first great woman in history of whom we are informed.”
— James Breasted (c.1910)
9. James Baldwin

American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist;

“I knew I was black, of course, but I also knew I was smart. I didn't know how I would use my mind, or even if I could, but that was the only thing I had to use.”

noted for his 1965 speech (Ѻ); first-slating: IQ:150 (Jun 2019).
10.Neil Tyson 75Neil Tyson

[RGM:353|1,260+] (FA:173) oft-characterized as the "black Carl Sagan" (IQ:170|#262)
11.Barack Obama 75Barack Obama
 IQ_O \,=134
12.Ayaan AliAyaan Ali

[RGM:491|1,260+] (FA:185)
13. Booker Washington 75Booker Washington

American educator;
14. Marcus GarveyMarcus Garvey

Jamaican-born American black nationalism activist;

“Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.”
— Marcus Garvey (c.1930)

Colloquially ranked (Ѻ) with William Bois, Booker Washington, and George Carver as a top four black genius.
15.Ben Carson 75Ben Carson

American neurosurgeon and presidential candidate; born to an illiterate single mother, became head of Johns Hopkins neurosurgery by age 30; American presidential candidate in 2016; noted for his sharp religion vs science "we developed from a puddle of promiscuous biochemicals. And if you believe in anything other than that, you’re a moron" (2015) take on entropy and the second law.
16. Benjamin Bradley

African-American slave turned inventor; at age 16, using scrapes in a printing office, he built a steam engine, then sold it and got a job at United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; during which time he engine large enough to drive the first steam-powered warship at 16 knots (Ѻ); a 2017 National Geographic spotlighted “Top 7 Geniuses” (Ѻ) who you’ve never heard of;
17.Greydon Square 75Greydon Square

18. Malcolm Little

With only an 8th grade education, taught himself (Ѻ) to read, write and speak English, in prison, by copying page after page from a dictionary into his notebook, A through Z.


The following are related quotes:

“These stories have been collected in a volume entitled Black Empire and feature the megalomaniacal Dr. Henry Belsidus, a black genius accurately described as ‘Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and Marcus Garvey rolled into one fascist superman’ (Gates 42).”
— Author (2013), A Companion to African American Literature (pg. #)

“Some of you’ll are sellouts. You don’t represent Martin Luther King. You don’t represent Fredrick Douglass. You don’t represent Booker T. Washington. You don’t represent any of our forefathers. Malcom X. None of them. You’ll are losers. You’ll are clowns. Losing clowns.”
— Brandon Tatum (2020), “Epic Rant about Jacob Blake” (Ѻ), Aug 27

N1. Of note, “black geniuses” are a rarer breed, per reason of the 42-degree rule, namely that heightened intellectual development is a function solar heat input distribution, which as quantified by latitude, indicates that the happiest latitude is 22 degrees, the most intelligent latitude if 42 degrees, the most suicidal latitudes are in the 50+ degree range, and that equatorial latitudes, near zero-degrees, tend to be too hot to produce the order of a genius mind; there are, e.g., only "six" black geniuses (Imhotep, Douglass, King, Tyson, Hatshepsut, Ali) amid the top 500 ranker greatest minds and "three" black geniuses (Imhotep, Akhenaten, Martin King) in the Hmolpedia top 500 geniuses (Jun 2017).
N2. The “black genius rarity phenomenon” is similar, albeit for different reasons, than the “female genius rarity phenomenon” (see: smartest woman ever); the latter, however, is a function of system environment, namely because humans exist in an air environment, children have to be reared in a liquid environment for 9-months, according to which nature “selects” differently for woman than for men, per function of this fact (in the fish world, e.g., roles are reversed: female fish lay eggs on the ocean floor, men brood over them, and the females are bigger and more intelligent).

1. Hecht, Jennifer M. (2003). Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas (pg. 435-39). HarperOne.

Further reading
● Brawley, Benjamin. (1937). The Negro Genius: a New Appraisal of the Achievement of the American Negro in Literature and the Fine Arts. Publisher.
● Russell, Dick. (2013). Black Genius: Inspirational Portraits of African-American Leaders. Skyhorse Publishing.

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