|Generic depictions of the smartest woman ever: at utilizing equations, formulas, and general knowledge; a "female" Will Hunting, so to speak.|
In genius studies, smartest woman ever | IQ: 150+ (LR:5) refers to the listing, past and present, of the who's who of the "smartest women" of all time, in ranked descending order of intelligence.
“My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.”— Oscar Wilde (1890), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Ѻ)
This page is a precipitate of the IQ: 200+ page, starting with the four 180+ IQ anchor-point genius women, from the combined genius studies of Catherine Cox (1926) and Tony Buzan (1995), namely: George Eliot (CB=185), Germaine Stael (IQC=180), Marie Curie (CB=180), Elizabeth I (CB=180). The cutoff point IQ to be included in this grouping is ten IQ points above the 1916 Lewis Terman genius cutoff 140 IQ or above. Other tentative candidates have been added to this framework, using methods (see: IQ ranking methodology), such as in person polling, other IQ citations, Internet discussion forums, Q&As, book citations, articles, etc., as are listed below (or in the IQ references or IQ candidates page).
|Top Female Geniuses 1 to 25|
|Emilie Chatelet |
|● Combined Isaac Newton’s (IQ=215) definition of energy (E=mv) with Gottfried Leibniz’ (IQ=200) definition of energy (E=mv²) with Willem Gravesande’s brass balls clay surface impact experiments (see: Leiden University) to synthesize the first version of the conservation of energy (vis viva into vis mortua). |
● Was the mistress of Voltaire (IQ=195); quote: “in 1733, I met a young lady who happen to think nearly as I did.”
● Quote (father): “my youngest flaunts her mind and frightens away the suitors”.
● Quote (early lover): "she speaks with great rapidity ... her words are like an angel."
● Reading Descartes’ (IQ=195) analytic geometry, before age 16.
● Would memorize cards at the blackjack table for fun.
● Built and ran her own research lab at Chateau de Cirey, pictured, from 1734-1749, said to have a library comparable to the Paris academy of sciences; scientist such as Samuel Koenig and Johann Bernoulli would stay for weeks or months at a time.
● Performed Lavoisier’s (IQ=175) rust experiment, at a time at which it is said that if her scales were more accurate, she would have arrived at the law of conservation of mass.
● She published original translations of Aristotle (IQ=195), Virgil, and Newton.
● Quote: “She was certainly a "genius" given how much she learned and in such a short time (from approximately age 27 to 42); in math, she was more or less self-taught and one of about 10-20 people in Europe who understood and could manipulate the calculus … I [estimate] [an IQ] around 160-165”. 
|● As part of his plan, Theon established a regimen of physical training for Hypatia, such as rowing, swimming, and horseback riding, to ensure that her body would be as healthy as her well-trained mind. |
● As a teenager, she was educated at the Neoplatonist Academy in Athens, learning mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy.
● Daughter of Theon, the last head librarian of the Library at Alexandria, which at its zenith had two libraries, filled with 500,000 book scrolls, a laboratory, and a research facility.
● Is rumored that to explain the seasonal variations of the apparent size of the sun, she conceived of elliptical orbit heliocentrism, over a thousand years before German astronomer Johannes Kepler, formulated this into a law in 1609.
● She authored: Commentary on Diophantus, The Astronomical Canon and a commentary on The Conics of Apollonius.
● She was said to have had a superior intelligence, said to have surpassed that of all other philosophers of her time and her accomplishments in music and science paled all others.
● Her intelligence and knowledge surpassed her father's at an early age. People would come from other cities to hear her talk and learn from her. She was murdered for her beliefs. IQ unknown but often cited in the 180-200 range.”
● Quote: “IQ scores of 200+ are ‘universal geniuses’. So far there’s been only one woman recorded on the ‘universal genius list, Hypatia, a Greek mathematician and philosopher of renowned beauty and intellect.”
● Note: the IQ=210 estimate doesn’t seem to have a good reference; although it has a certain number of mentions around the web, prior to 2007 (Ѻ) (Ѻ), likely originating in the fake 2006 Quigly Anderson list.
● Note: She is listed in Buzan’s Book of Genius, but he gives no IQ, only commenting that “the little we know of Hypatia suggests that she must have had a remarkable intellect.”
● “Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth—often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”
● “Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”
● “All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”
● “Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”
|Marie Curie |
|[GPE]; Nobel Prize in physics (1903) for the discovery of radioactivity; Nobel Prize in chemistry (1911) for the isolation of pure radium.|
|George Eliot |
|● Gets 5-point upgrade for basing her most-famous 1872 realism novel Middlemarch on Goethe's Elective Affinities; she considered Johann Goethe (IQ=230) to be "the last true polymath to walk the earth"; and took a three-month pilgrimage to Goethe's home town of Weimar.|
● Was said to have been able to read and absorb 40 books per month. 
● She acquired the epitaph “a very wise women” in her own existence; see also: “George Eliot: a Very Large Brain”(2012). 
● Quote: “The quickest of us walk around well-wadded with stupidity.”
|Germaine Stael |
|=180||● At an early age, her mother tried to make her into a prodigy of sorts, piling the books on her.|
“Madame de Stael, whose work on Germany is probably the greatest book ever produced by a woman, is supposed to have been intimate with August Schlegel, who was a homo-sexualist, and who had been tutor to her children.”
— Otto Weininger (1903), Sex and Character
● Banned from France in 1803 by Napoleon (IQ=175), for publishing her controversial novel Delphine, after which she migrated to Germany and entered into the Goethe circle; upgrade for commenting favorably on Goethe’s Elective Affinities.
● At Weimar she learned the German language and was said to have “astonished and perplexed Goethe (IQ=230) and Schiller (IQ=185) by her remarkable conversation and her virile intellect so strongly contrasted with her vivacity.” 
|=175-185||● Quote: Laplace (IQ=190): "There have been only three women who have understood me. These are yourself, Caroline Herschel, and a Mrs Grieg of whom I know nothing." (Somerville, supposedly, was first and third of these three.)”|
● She schooled Ada Lovelace (below) in mathematics and science, introducing her to the likes of Charles Babbage and Michael Faraday.
● She has been described as “a demonstration of woman’s capacity for the highest intellectual pursuits”. 
● Her On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834), was involved with the coining of the term “scientist” by William Whewell.
● Taught herself mathematics and rose from genteel poverty to become a world authority on Newtonian physics; was feted by Pierre Laplace, whose six-volume Celestial Mechanics was considered the greatest intellectual achievement since the Principia. Laplace's work was the basis of Mary's first book, Mechanism of the Heavens, which remained an advanced university astronomy text for the next century. 
|● Described by David Hilbert, Albert Einstein and others as the most important woman in the history of mathematics.|
● In physics, Noether's theorem explains the fundamental connection between symmetry and conservation laws.
|● Quote: “I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.” (Ѻ)|
● Quote: “She sprang out of the head of all the Zeuses about: her father Timothy Fuller, Emerson, Goethe” (Elizabeth Hardwick); like John Mill, her father’s wish was to make her “heir to all he knew”.
● Hardwick, Elizabeth. (1986). “The Genius of Margaret Fuller”, New York Review of Books, Apr 10.
● Quote: “Humanity is divided into Men, Women, and Margaret Fuller.” (Edgar Poe) (Ѻ)
|Elizabeth I |
|=180||● Under her ruling organization, it is said that culture of intellect was born, as evidenced by the fruition of the minds of Francis Bacon and William Shakespeare.|
● Brought England into her zenith as a world power.
● Elizabeth was a true intellectual and she was educated by renowned scholar, Roger Ascham. As a student, she studied Greek, Latin, rhetoric, and philosophy; she mastered all of these subjects. Not surprisingly, when Elizabeth came to power, she transformed the English court into a center for poets, writers, musicians, and scholars.
● She had connections to literary figures such as William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, and Christopher Marlowe.
|● As a infant, owing to a wallpaper shortage, her nursery had been covered with pages from her father’s old calculus text. She “gazed for hours at those pages, craving to understand them”, reports John Lienhard, and by age 25 finished her doctorate on partial differential equations, along with a paper on the dynamics of Saturn's rings, and one on elliptic integrals, at the University of Göttingen, graduating summa *** laude; she thereby became the first woman in Europe to hold that degree. (Ѻ) (Ѻ) |
● At age 19, she entered University of Heidelberg, studying mathematics under Hermann Helmholtz, Gustav Kirchoff, and Robert Bunsen.
● During an invite to one of George Elliot’s (IQ=190) Sunday salons, she met Herbert Spencer and was led into a debate, at Eliot's instigation, on "woman's capacity for abstract thought".
● In 1874 she presented three papers: on partial differential equations, on the dynamics of Saturn's rings, and on elliptic integrals, to the University of Göttingen, as her doctoral dissertation in mathematics summa *** laude; she thereby became the first woman in Europe to hold that degree.
|● Second ranked "smartest woman of all time", according to common opinion (see poll).|
● Marc Anthony gave over 200,000 scrolls to her for inclusion in the Alexandrian library (link).
● Into her teens, she became fluent in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and Egyptian, and was the only queen in 300 years to learn the local tongue.
|12.|| Margaret Bryan |
|● Wrote: Compendious System of Astronomy (1797), Lectures on Natural Philosophy (1806), Astronomical and Geographical Class Book for Schools (1815), and Conversations on Chemistry(c.1818); ran a school for girls.|
● Adjacent: Bryan with her two daughters (frontpiece to Compendious System of Astronomy).
● She wrote on affinity chemistry and the steam engine.
|● A child prodigy who, by 5, could speak both Italian and French; at 9, she composed and delivered an hour-long speech in Latin to some of the most distinguished intellectuals of the day; by 13, she had a very deep understanding of Newton’s theory of gravity and had acquired Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, German, Latin, and was referred to as the "walking polyglot"; is credited with writing the first book discussing both differential and integral calculus; described as “the first important woman mathematician since Hypatia”; her 1748 Instituzioni Analitiche, treating of the analysis of finite quantities and infinitesimals, was regarded as the best introduction extant to the works of Euler.|
| ● At age 7, curious to figure out how alarm clocks work, she dismantled seven of them; at 22, BS in mathematics and physics; MS and PhD at Yale, 1934, with dissertation on “New Types of Irreducibility Criteria”; at 25, Vassar mathematics professor.|
● At 37, entered US Navy Reserve, graduating first in her class, after which she was assigned to the Bureau of Ships Computation Project at Harvard, where she was on the Mark I computer programming staff.
● Pioneered the idea that programming languages could be developed in English language rather than machine code; at 54, she became a lead organizer for the development of programming language COBAL; in 60s, she introduced some of testing standards for programming languages, such as FORTRAN.
● Two votes: smartest female ever (Ѻ) (2005)
● One vote: for top five smartest person ever (link) (2010)
| ● At 13, in her father’s library, intrigued by the death of Archimedes, she self-taught herself mathematics; learning Latin and Greek so to read Isaac Newton and Leonhard Euler.|
● At 18, although women were barred from attending the newly-opened Ecole Polytechnique, she obtained the course lecture notes, and submitted written observations of the notes to faculty Joseph Lagrange, who thereafter became her mentor.
● Corresponded with Adrien Legendre and Carl Gauss.
● Quote: “Sophie Germain proved to the world that even a woman can accomplish something in the most rigorous and abstract of sciences.” (Carl Gauss, c.1840)
● Did some of the earliest proofs of Fermat’s Last Theorem.
● Attempted to synthesize a philosophical system of psychology and sociology, similar to Auguste Comte.
| ● Student of Ludwig Boltzmann; second woman to obtain doctorate at the University of Vienna.|
● First woman allowed to attend the lectures of Max Planck; she became Planck’s assistant after one year;
● Called by Einstein “our Marie Curie” or the "German Marie Curie". (Ѻ)
● Supposedly, she co-discovered nuclear fission, but her colleague Otto Hahn took credit for it (winning the 1944 Nobel Prize in chemistry).
● Second woman ever to get PhD in physics (source: “Lise Meitner – the Misjudged Genius” (Ѻ))
|Mary Shelley |
|(HR=5) Daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, herself a Stokes 100 (#75), and William Godwin, eloped with the poet Percy Shelley, and later wrote the novel Frankenstein as part of a bet with Shelley and his friend George, Lord Byron; an About.com top 100 (#49) Women of History (Ѻ); a street poll honorable mention (below).|
|16.||Ruth Lawrence |
|=140-175|| ● At 12, passed the Oxford University interview entrance examination in mathematics, place first out of all 530 candidates. |
● At age 13, completed BS in mathematics; age 14, BS in physics; age 17, PhD all at Oxford;
● At 19, academic post at Harvard;
● At 26, became associate professor (with tenure) at the University of Michigan.
| ● At 22, obtained BS in chemist at Oxford; specializing in crystallography under Dorothy Hodgkin.|
● In the late 1940s and early 1950s, worked as a research chemist to support herself, while running for political conservative campaigns.
● In 1953, age 28, she completed her law degree, passed the bar, and began practicing in taxation.
● In 1979, she became the UK’s first female Prime Minister, serving until 1990.
| ● Daughter of Lord Byron; and from an early age, owing to her mother’s idea that education would root out any insanity associated with her father’s side, she was taught mathematics and science from some of the world’s leading scholars, including Mary Somerville. |
● In 1842, she wrote the world’s first computer program, and algorithm for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers with Charles Babbage’s analytical engine.
|=140-185||● Was an American Air Force major, CIA agent, experimental psychologist, and science fiction writer, who developed a rather detailed thermodynamic philosophy regarding morality, altruism, good, and evil; which is rather rare for woman (two notable exceptions being: Elizabeth Porteus and Teresa Brennan).|
● Her 1969 short story “Beam Us Home” (link) describes family of five active bright normal kids, one with a fortunate IQ in the 140s and a girl with an IQ of 185, which would seem to give a general gauge of her self-estimated IQ (the mean of which is 162.5).
|20.||Ayn Rand |
|● Her philosophical themed novels Fountain Head (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), into the 21st century, have been gaining a following of large and greatly influential significance, particularly in Mensa, according to survey, and other high IQ societies. |
|=157||Early child education reformer; eponym of Montessori education method, the let the child follow their own following interests educational approach.|
|● At age 18, won first place in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search (1980).|
● Supposedly, first tenured woman in the Princeton University physics department and the first tenured female theoretical physicist at MIT and Harvard University.
| ● Doing calculations before age one. (V) |
● Speaking full sentences before age one; playing chess and solving arithmetic problems by age 3; read entire Encyclopedia Britannica by age 5; learned algebra by age 5; reading six book per day at age 6; read Plato, Freud, and Darwin by age 8;
● Enrolled in college at 12; associated degree age 14 at Miami-Dade Jr. College; BS in mathematics at Florida Atlantic University (age 15), assistant professor of mathematics at MSU at 15; MS in mathematics at Michigan State University at age 18. (Ѻ)
● Has been issued 128 U.S. patents; her efforts led to many new software products in the nascent IBM family of real-time computing, enabling services such as direct dialing (1 + phone number) in areas where existing services were only handled by telephone operators; and custom calling features, such as *69 to return the last unanswered call received; in 2012 received the ASME Kate Gleason Award for lifetime in engineering, for her work at IBM. (Ѻ)
|23.|| George Sand |
| ● Before 17, she had read Plutarch, Livy, Herodotus, Tacitus, and Rousseau; the latter of which whose philosophy she was particularly devoted to. |
|24.||Alia Sabur |
|● Began talking at eight months (Ѻ) |
● Completed BS (2003) in applied mathematics from Stony Brook University at age 14; MS (2006) and PhD in materials science and engineering at Drexel University; professor of mathematics at age 19.
● , (2009)
|25.||Kathleen Holtz |
|● Entered Cal State LA at age 10; entered UCLA Law at 15, earning a spot on the law review; passed the bar exam, first time around in 2007 (age 18); |
● Record for youngest female to obtain law degree and pass the bar.
|26.||Vinodhini Vasudevan |
|● Read 100 books the summer she was 5 (Ѻ); mastered college algebra at age 8; at age 12 set record by becoming the youngest person to score a perfect 1,600 (800 on math, 800 on verbal) on the SAT (Ѻ), correlates to IQ 165 (Ѻ); could be age ratioed higher (e.g. (18/12)*165=247?; in 2007, at age 21, graduated from MIT with a BS in electrical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering (Ѻ).|
The following are noted books on genius women:
|A 2006 book on French mathematician and physicist Emilie du Chatelet by Judith Zinsser.||A 2005 book on Polish-French physicist and chemist Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith.||A 2013 book on English mathematician and world’s first computer programmer Ada Lovelace by James Essinger.|||
The following are noted films on genius women:
|Scenes from the 2010 film Agora on Alexandrian-Greek philosopher, mathematician, physicist and astronomer Hypatia, the only known female universal genius.|
The following are quotes on female genius:
“The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science.”— James Madison (c.1810), 4th American President (see: Princeton school of social physics)
Candidates | Newly added
The following are newly found and or add potential candidates, listing as found, without ranking, but in the filter stage:
|Margaret of Navarre (1492-1549)|
|Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673)||(Ѻ)|
● Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) | a Stokes 100 (#75) top seven existentialist; ranks with: Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Friedrich Nietzsche per Google also searched for ranking commonality.
|Photos of Marie Curie and Hypatia, from Libb Thims’ 2009 media-popularized list (Ѻ) of 40 people “cited” with IQs over 200.|
● Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) — proposed that Belgian mathematical astronomer Adolphe Quetelet’s social mechanics be taught at Oxford.
● Abigail Adams (1744-1818) — wife of the second U.S. president (John Adams), mother of the sixth (John Quincy Adams), and great grandmother to Henry Adams, the leading social Newton, behind Goethe; her intellect and lively wit come alive in her many letters which were preserved; an About.com top 100 (#78) Women of History. (Ѻ)
“These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues.”— Abigail Adams (c.1800), wife of John Adams, mother of John Quincy Adams, and great grandmother to Henry Adams and Brooks Adams (Ѻ); see: Adams family tree (Ѻ)
● Elizabeth Porteus (1911-2010) – after being challenged by her Vassar College professor to come up with her own philosophy, the former “pineapple princess” of Hawaii, beginning in the 1930s, she spent the next 50 years developing an second law based impulse theory of happiness, the resulting in her My Twentieth Century Philosophy (1987).
● Jane Goodall (1934-) — (HR=5) her meticulous documentation of the Gombe national reserve chimpanzee war (1970-1974) gave insight into a number of small group size human-like behaviors, e.g. boundary problem, war, etc.; an About.com top 100 (#48) Women of History (Ѻ); high street poll ranking (below).
● Elizabeth Fulhame (c.1750-c.1820), described by Benjamin Thompson (c.1800) as “ingenious and lively” (Ѻ) and by Keith Laidler (1993) as a ‘forgotten genius’ (Ѻ), noted for her Essay on Combustion: with a View of a New Art of Dying and Painting, wherein the Phlogistic and Antiphlogistic Hypotheses are Proved Erronious (1794), whose main purpose was to support the ideas of Antoine Lavoisier; did work on light sensitive chemicals (silver salts) on fabric (photoimaging); was married to physician Thomas Fulhame, a former student of Joseph Black.
● Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921) – during her examination of photographic plates, in her effort to measure and catalog the brightness of stars, she discovered, in 1908, that brighter “variable stars” appeared to have longer periods, and by 1912 had pinned down a predictable relation between the luminosity and the period of the Cepheid variable stars, a discovery that soon allowed astronomers to measure the distance between the earth and faraway galaxies; Edwin Hubble, in particular, used Leavitt’s rule to discover that the Andromeda nebula was actually a separate galaxy. 
● Jane Marcet (1769-1858) – she attended Humphry Davy's lectures; her Conversations in Chemistry (1805), which contains the sand-marble model of caloric, was one of the books Michael Faraday read during his period of self-education; she insisted that “successful perseverance is only retrospectively ascribed to genius”. (Ѻ)
● Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), oft-ranked 2012 street polled greatest literary author ever (next to Ayn Rand); genius quotes (Ѻ) maker.
The following is a 2013 WordPress blog series by Italian translator-teacher, with the handle Michael Backpocket, on iconic women, grouped by actresses (Ѻ), musicians (Ѻ) writers (Ѻ), e.g. George Eliot and Sylvia Plath, and polymaths (Ѻ), e.g. Mary Wollstonecraft (mother of Mary Shelley), the latter of which he cites British polymath Jonathan Miller (Ѻ) as once famously described Susan Sontag as the “most intelligent woman in America”:
Other | Also rans
The following are runners up or also rans, namely women hypothetically in the genius range, owing to one or another spurious IQ citations, at or above 150, but without any notable genius output to corroborate—many of which are could-shoulda-woulda been a genius turned models, actresses, strippers or escorts:
|Gina LoSasso |
|=168||● BS, MS, and PhD clinical neuropsychology, Wayne State University, Detroit; |
● wife of Chris Langan. 
|Kate Beckinsale (1973-)||=152||Aged six, a school report found she had the reading age of an eleven-year-old and an IQ of 152. |
|=175||● Quote: “Claims that she has a 175 IQ” (link) (link)|
|=172||● Quote: “An unusually brilliant child with a 172 IQ, described as ‘one of those obnoxious children who read War and Peace, Schnitzler and Molière’.” (link)|
|Dorota Rabczewska (1984-)||=153||In 2004, is said to have joined Mensa International with an IQ of 156. |
|● Quote: “Claimed to have an IQ of 163, though she didn't have exceptional grades in school.” (Ѻ) |
|Sufiah Yusuf |
|● Her domineering father Farooq Yusuf, subjected her to his "accelerated learning technique", in which her days revolved around stretching and breathing exercises in freezing-temperature rooms so as "to keep her brain attentive"; she would be forced to play tennis with just as much intensity; seeded number eight in the country for under 21s (Ѻ). |
● From 11, she was studying math all the time. She passed her maths A level aged 12 and started at St Hilda's College, Oxford. "It was an amazing place but I was too young."
● At 15, she ran away, sparking a massive police hunt; after which she become a $400 per date ($95,000/yr) escort.
|Asia Carrera |
|=156||● Carnegie Hall pianist (age 13); studying Japanese and economics at Rutgers University; homeless by age 17, after running away from home because of the pressure her demanding parents put on her; after which she turned to stripping, and then to porn, so to never be homeless again, in her own words.|
The following are images of Olivia Manning (2000-) (IQ=162) (link):
The following is an image of Fabiola Mann (1997-) (IQ=162) (link):
The following are images of Victoria Cowie (2000-) (IQ=162) (link):
The following is an image of Heidi Hankins (2008-) (IQ=159) at about age four (video):
The following is an image of Beatrix Townsend (2008-) (IQ=136) at age two (link):
The following is some generic smart girl woman images:
|Poster for a 2012 Dean Simonton cited article “Is Too Much Familiarity Bad for Creativity?” (Ѻ)||The 2013 choreographed poster advert for the "Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance, and Photography" arts and science collaboration project at Yale (link)|
New Scientist | 2009 poll | Greatest woman scientist of all time
In 2009, New Scientist editor Roger Highfield carried out a survey of 800 scientists and members of the public, to find, by vote, who people think is the greatest female scientist of all time. The top five are: 
|New Scientist Poll | Greatest woman scientist of all time|
|Hypatia of Alexandria |
|Dame Burnell |
|Jane Goodall |
● Franklin unpublished draft papers, in which she had determined the overall B-form of the DNA helix, was the data used by Francis Crick and James Watson in 1953 to give the first structure of DNA.
● Burnell discovered radio pulsars in 1967.
Other runners up included: Rita Levi-Montalcini, Ada Lovelace, Lise Meitner, Dorothy Hodgkin, Sophie Germain, and Rachel Carson.
2011 | Common opinion
The following is are the results of a street poll conducted by American chemical engineer Libb Thims with the query: "name the three smartest women of all time", the results shown in descending order of popularity of response. 
|Street Poll | Smartest woman ever|
|Susan B. Anthony|
(women's rights celebrity)
Other names mentioned in the impromptu polling of about thirty people included: Hypatia, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Joan of Arc, Suzan-Lori Parks, Angela Carter, Mother Teresa, Nancy Regan, Clelia Mosher, Michelle Obama, Mary Shelley, Harriot Tubman, Louisa May Alcott, Gertrude Stein, Marilyn vos Savant, Betsy Ross, and Coco Chanel, Virginia Woolf.
|Left: the 1994 book Profiles of Female Genius by Gene Landrum gives a decent overview of female genius (pop genius or celebrities aside, such as Madonna or Oprah), focusing on 13 creative women. Only two on this list can be consider possible contenders for the "smartest woman ever" title: |
Ayn Rand (philosopher)
Other famous woman listed include:
Lillian Vernon (catalog merchant)
Right: Vicki Leon’s 1995 Uppity Women of Ancient Times contains two page sections on a number of smart women of history, such as Hypatia, commenting how she studied under “Plutarch, whose daughter Asclepigenia was not too shabby at philosophy either.” 
● Hillary Clinton, to note: is more of a coattail celebrity name, in vogue at the moment; intellectually, she failed the DC bar exam three times; and had to retake it in Arkansas to pass.
The following are recent "smarter than Einstein" media hype high school range girls, mostly age 11-15, who have gained a certain amount of press for scoring high on a Mensa test (mostly):
● K. Vishalini (2000-) (IQ=225) (link)
Intelligent women in the genius level range are rarer as compared to men in this range, a fact that results for two main reasons. Firstly, being that humans are synthesized in a gas-solid environment (earth surface air environment) according to which human eggs must be hatched in an internal inter-uterine liquid environment, the result of which, men are larger in size and must compete for female egg spots; the opposite is true for reproduction in liquid environments, the ocean in particular, where the females can lay multiple eggs on the ocean floor, with are hatched by multiple different males, the females in this scenario being larger in body size, compete sexually against one another, are the more intelligent of the two sexes, by virtue of this competition.
The second factor, why female geniuses are rarer, has to do with Beckhap's law, namely the idiom that, in general, beauty times brains equals a constant:
which seems to be factor related to enthalpy-entropy compensation, a sort of heat content (enthalpy) verses organizational content (entropy) competition. This competition is evidenced by the fact that several parentally pressured genius girls eventually turned to prostitution or pornography (e.g. Sufiah Yusuf or Asia Carrera); or some, such as valedictorian Cindy Crawford switching from chemical engineering to modeling; or Sharon Stone from engineering to acting.
The following are related quotes:
“It is enough to make the general statement that there is not a single woman in the history of thought, not even the most manlike, who can be truthfully compared with men of fifth or sixth-rate genius, for instance with Ruckert as a poet, Van Dyck as a painter, or Schleiermacher as a philosopher.”— Otto Weininger (1903), Sex and Character (pg. 69)
“I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.”— Katherine Hepburn (1991), “Interview”, Ladies Home Journal, Oct 
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| Note: correctly, the three highest IQs ever recorded (on a standard test), by overzealous fathers, are:|
Adragon De Mello (1976-) | IQ=400
Or recorded (on a standard test), by a psychologist, are:
William Sidis (1898-1944) | IQ=300
|A 2013 feminism-propaganda poster pushing the falsified notion that Marilyn Savant, who falsified her IQ testing age to fake a 228 IQ, and some other woman (?) have the highest recorded IQs. (Ѻ)|
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