World Genius Directory “Genius of the Year” Over the Years

The world of intelligence testing comes with a wide range of communities and individuals, and tests. Those communities comprise many of the same people with the smaller societies and many more new people with the larger societies.

Although, a few people simply qualify for and apply to an extraordinarily large number of societies, and so become members of them. Such as it is, there have been growing efforts to recognize individuals within the communities for achievements in different domains.

One such effort comes from the World Genius Directory of Jason Betts. Since 2013, there have been awards for individuals within the theoretically high-range testing communities. It seems like an positive effort and came into the email for me.

Many within the high-IQ communities can recognize some of the names from the previous years’ awards. The titles of the awards are ‘World Genius Directory [Year] Genius of the Year – [Region]’ with, typically, three per year and, once, four in a year (the inaugural year).

The standardized regions recognized with the World Genius Directory Genius of the Year awards are Europe, Asia, and America. I remain intrigued by these communities, so went and did some interviews with some of the communities’ membership. They’re interesting people, mostly affable, and open to a chat with a stray Canadian.

The World Genius Directory listing merely recognizes, with a standard of alternative test approval, individuals who score high on tests requiring puzzle solving skills. The hope is alternative tests, as the main set of listed tests, reflect a broader capacity of global information processing.

In some sense, it represents a grassroots effort of recognition of expert puzzle solvers in verbal, numerical, and spatial domains. From 2013 to 2015, they had recognized longstanding names in the communities.

The awardees in 2013, Dr Evangelos Katsioulis (Greece), Dr Manahel Thabet (Yemen), Mr. Rick Rosner (United States), and Dr Jason Betts (Australia); in 2014, Mr. Marco Ripà (Italy), (Australia), and Ms. Karyn Peters (United States); in 2015, Mr. Iakovos Koukas (Greece), Mr. Satoki Takeichi (Japan), and Dr Gregory Grove (United States).

Similarly for 2016 to 2018, some new and some more known names, in 2016, [Omitted by request], Ms. Aishwarya Trivedi (India), and Mr. Jeffery Ford (United States); in 2017, Mr. Marios Prodromou (Greece),  Mr. Sung-Jin Kim (South Korea), Mr. Julien Arpin (Canada); in 2018, Mr. Dalibor Marincic (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Mr. Naoki Kouda (Japan), Dr Bishoy Goubran (United States).

In 2019 to 2022, there was another mix of new and longstanding members: in 2019, Mr. Tor Jørgensen (Norway), Mr. Sunder Rangarajan (India), Mr. Victor Hingsberg (Canada); in 2020, Mr. Domagoj Kutle (Croatia), Dr Jason Betts (Australia), Mr. Daniel Pohl (Canada); in 2021, Ms. Anja Jaenicke (Germany), Mr. Nitish Joshi (India), (United States); and, in 2022, Mr. Graham Powell (United Kingdom), Mr. YoungHoon Kim (South Korea), Mr. Beau Clemmons (United States).

The alternative high-range testing community comes in such a wide variety from the defunct societies to the highly active societies. Yet, there are attempts to recognize one another and motivate one another. The awards are one means by which to do it.

“The World Genius Directory Geniuses” is a listing from the World Genius Directory listing some of the individuals who have scored highly on mainstream intelligence tests and alternative tests. Even if one takes the top 100 names from the scoring rank, many of the names present are awardees, naturally. Active members are active members, after all:

198 Dr Evangelos Katsioulis, Greece, NVCP,

195 Heinrich Siemens, Germany, CIT5,

192 Rick Rosner, United States, Mathema,

192 Mislav Predavec, Croatia, LS24,

190 Kenneth Ferrell, United States, Hieroglyphica,

190 Dany Provost, Canada, PIGS1°,

190 WenChin Sui, China, Numerus Classic,

190 Marios Prodromou, Cyprus, Mach,

190 Fengzhi Wu, China, Numerus,

190 Cường Đồng, Vietnam, Numerus,

190 Tomáš Perna, Czech Republic, ZEN,

188 Mahir Wu, China, Silent Numbers,

185 WeiJie Wang, China, WIT,

185 Kirk Kirkpatrick, United States, Stanford-Binet,

185 Erik Hæreid, Norway, N-VRA80,

185 Christian Sorensen, Belgium, WAIS,

185 Rickard Sagirbey, Turkey, Alphabet,

185 Tianxi Yu, China, Numerus Classic,

184 Dr Stefano Pierazzoli, Italy, Anoteleia44,

184 YoungHoon Kim, South Korea, Silent Eagle,

183 Nikola Poljak, Croatia, Mathodica22,

182 Misaki Ota, Japan, SLSE48,

182 Caner Sakar, Germany, WIQC,

182 Sadateru Tokumaru, Japan, Algebrica,

181 Hansheng Qiao, China, SLSE48,

181 Lei Xue, China, Silent Spacial,

180 Leela Papadioti, Greece, Mach,

180 YoungHoon Kim, South Korea, WAIS,

180 Zoran Bijac, Croatia, Simtollect,

180 Iakovos Koukas, Greece, Verbatim,

180 Fumihiko Minagawa, Japan, Ninja,

180 Maximilian-Andrei Druţă, Romania, WARP,

180 Takuma Onishi, Japan, Mach,

180 Niels Ellevang, Denmark, FreeFall II,

179 Gaetano Morelli, Italy, Mathodica22,

179 Gabriele Tessaro, Italy, Anoteleia44,

178 Dr Evangelos Katsioulis, Greece, CFIT,

178 Dr George Petasis, Cyprus, CFIT,

178 Tim Roberts, Australia, Titan Test,

178 Dr Benoit Desjardins, United States, Titan Test,

178 Mizuki Tomaiwa, Japan, CFIT,

177 Tiberiu Sammak, Romania, AdSub,

177 Huiquan Liu, China, AdSub,

176 Karyn Peters, United States of America, LAIT,

176 Zhibin Zhang, China, SLSE48,

176 James Dorsey, United States, Numeralis Intelligenia,

175 Takahiro Kitagawa, Japan, WAIS,

175 Peter Rodgers, Australia, WIT,

175 Brendan Harris, Canada, PIGS1°,

175 Tommy Sandvik, Finland, WARP,

175 Yosirou Sawayanagi, Japan, SAM Light,

175 Susumu Ota, Japan, WAIS,

175 Veronica Palladino, Italy, Lexiq,

175 Mhedi Banafshei, United Kingdom, Verbatim,

174 Santanu Sengupta, India, JCCES,

174 Ivan Ivec, Croatia, Algebrica,

174 Baku Saito, Japan, SPEED,

174 Anthony Sepulveda, United States, Cosmic,

174 Domagoj Kutle, Croatia, Spectra,

173 Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Japan, SLSE48,

173 Sandra Schlick, Switzerland, Concep-T,

173 Arttu Purmonen, Finland, Qrosswords,

172 Xiang Zhang, China, SLSE48,

172 Dr Claus Volko, Austria, ENNDT,

172 John Argenti, United States, GENE Verbal IV,

172 Hans Sjöberg, Sweden, GENE Verbal III,

172 Tonny Sellén, Sweden, GENE Verbal III,

172 Dr Paul Moroz, Australia, VGT,

172 Yuki Sunagawa, Japan, Lexiq,

172 Dr Jason Betts, Australia, GENE Verbal III,

172 Tor Jørgensen, Norway, Lexiq,

172 Yohei Furutono, Japan, GIFT Numerical III,

172 Takashi Egawano, Japan, Ninja,

172 Tomohiko Nakamura, Japan, Ninja,

172 Dr Ivan Rašić, Croatia, Vortex,

172 Rick Farrar, United States, PatNum,

172 Nitish Joshi, India, Lexiq,

172 Igor Dorfman, Israel, Lexiq,

172 Andre Gangvik, Norway, DynamIQ,

172 Jwajung Kim, South Korea, PatNum,

172 Davor Glumpak, Croatia, PatNum,

172 Kenshin Tomie, Japan, LSHR Light,

171 Mick Dempsey, United Kingdom, Verba66,

171 Altug Alkan, Turkey, NRA,

171 Patrick Liljegren, Sweden, OASIS,

170 Marco Ripà, Italy, 9I6,

170 Dionysios Maroudas, Greece, Verbatim,

170 Richard Sheen, New Zealand, NIT-I Spatial,

170 Ivan Godic, Serbia, GIFT Classic,

170 Kirk Butt, Canada, GENE Verbal IV,

170 Dr Jason Betts, Australia, Spat-1,

170 Charoula Katzioti, Greece, GIFT Numerical III,

170 Tomáš Perna, Czech Republic, Spat-1,

170 Dalibor Marincic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, GIFT Verbal A+B,

170 Željko Zahtila, Australia, Numerus,

169 Stephan Wagner-Damianowitsch, Serbia, NVCP,

169 Shohei Nagayama, Japan, SLSE I,

168 Satoki Takeichi, Japan, SLSE I,

168 Daming Gao, China, Numerus Light,

168 Yoshihito Niimura, Japan, Simtollect,

Insofar as can be seen, the communities are small. However, this, by definition, means small in a statistical sense: Smart people are outnumbered by not as smart people, as a statistical inevitability. Thus, any community will be smaller if comprised of them, and smaller if on the higher ends of the scale of intelligence. As well, it means small in raw size. Mostly, one sees the same names or people.

The awards, such as the Genius of the Year of the World Genius Directory, are one means by which to recognize the time commitment and problem-solving capacity of members of these alternative communities, as one can see in the wide distribution of scores.

It’s different than popular media claims to smartest person in the world, smartest man in the world, and the like[1]. At one point, I did gather some of the uses of “IQ” as a catch-all to claim the smartest this-or-that person[2], while compiling the rankings[3] and then amalgamating the individuals[4], at the time.

The claims are numerous and, typically, arise out of amateur journalism, statistical ignorance, and lack of fact-checking, while based in some truth, i.e., some individuals did score high on some tests – a mix of myth, partial verification, and a state of apparent mental confusion.

Nonetheless, I wish the awardees the best in their efforts and the communities in their work to use their talents for good rather than bad. Some might ask, “What are they doing with their intelligence if they’re so super-smart?”

In some manner, they were, mostly, born with it. It unfolded as a snowflake unfolds over time. Yet, the generativity of nature produces the capacity in steps, so the seedlings were always present. Nature is in charge for the most part.

If they were born with it, and if they live with it, who better to determine its vector, trajectory, than them, or the individual smart person? Everyone needs guidance, and the like, but every smart person can use the capacities, or not, as they see fit, probably.

Awards are merely one moment to recognize some who chose to do well on a test with their talents, and to recognize contributors to community. What’s wrong with that? It depends on the point of view.


[1] One sees occasional news items for claimants, including Rick Rosner/Richard Rosner, Marilyn vos Savant/Marilyn Mach vos Savant, William James Sidis/Bill Sidis/William Sidis, Chris Langan/Christopher Langan/Christopher Michael Langan, Evangelos Katsioulis/Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis/“Evan Cat,” Kim Ung-Yong, Terence Tao, and so and so forth.

[2] “IQ Reportage in the Popular Media – Fads and Fun of a Dying Popularity” says:

[3] “IQ Reportage in the Popular Media – Fads and Fun of a Dying Popularity” says, “The various directories, listings, and rankings were analyzed with the compiled ranking as follows, incorporating ‘ESOTERIQ Society of Masaaki Yamauchi (incorporative of some of the Giga Society of Paul Cooijmans), GENIUS High IQ Network of Dr. Iakovos Koukas, GFIS IQ List/Dinghong Yao IQ Ranking List of Dinghong Yao, GIFTED High IQ Network of Dr. Iakovos Koukas, Hall of IQ Scores of Konstantinos Ntalachanis, Hall of Sophia of Guillermo Alejandro Escárcega Pliego, HRIQ Ranking List of Qiao Hansheng, Mahir Wu Ranking List of Mahir Wu, Real IQ Listing of Dr. Ivan Ivec, Svenska IQ-Listan of Hans Sjöberg and Alexi Edin, VeNuS Ranking List of Domagoj Kutle/Domagoj Domo Kutle, WIQF Listing[2] of Marco Ripà and Dr. Manahel Thabet, World Famous IQ Scores of Dr. Ivan Ivec, World Genius Directory of Jason Betts, and World Highest IQ Scores of Mislav Predavec.’”

[4] “IQ Reportage in the Popular Media – Fads and Fun of a Dying Popularity” says:

Compilation Ranking

  1. William James Sidis at unmeasurable sigma (no test named)
  2. Konstantinos Ntalachanis at 8.67-sigma on D.O.S. and at 6.00-sigma on Monster IQ Test
  3. Wen Luo at 7.73-sigma on RIDDLES
  4. Dr. Iakovo Koukas/Iakovos Koukas at 6.93-sigma on MATRIQ
  5. Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis/Evangelos Katsioulis at 6.53-sigma on NVCP-R and at 6.06-sigma on Cooijmans Multiple-Choice #3
  6. Dr. Heinrich Siemens/Heinrich Siemens at 6.31-sigma on CIT-5
  7. Yukun Wang at 6.31-sigma on RIDDLES
  8. Tor Arne Jørgensen at 6.27-sigma on MATRIQ
  9. Rick Rosner at 6.13-sigma on Mathema
  10. Mislav Predavec at 6.13-sigma on Logicaus Strictimanus 24 (LS24)
  11. Dr. Christopher Harding/Dr. Christopher Philip Harding at 6.06-sigma on Stanford-Binet
  12. Junxie Huang at 6.00+-sigma on FREE FALL (Part II) and at 6.00+-sigma on Challenger
  13. Tanxi Yu at 6.00+-sigma on Numerus
  14. José González Molinero/Jose Gonzalez Molinero at 6.00+-sigma on FREE FALL (Part II)
  15. Matthew Scillitani at 6.00-sigma on Psychometric Qrosswords
  16. Mahir Wu at 6.00-sigma on Silent Numbers
  17. Kenneth Ferrell at 6.00-sigma on Hieroglyphica
  18. Dany Provost at 6.00-sigma on PIGS1°
  19. Wen-Chin Sui at 6.00-sigma on Numerus Classic
  20. Marios Prodromou at 6.00-sigma on MACH
  21. Thansie Yu at 6.00-sigma on N-World
  22. Dong Kha Cuong/Cường Đồng at 6.00-sigma on Numerus
  23. Thomas R. A. Wolf at or above 6.00-sigma (no test named)
  24. Andrea Gunnarsson at or above 6.00-sigma (no test named)
  25. Scott Ben Durgin at or above 6.00-sigma (no test named)
  26. Rolf Mifflin at or above 6.00-sigma (no test named)
  27. Paul Johns at or above 6.00-sigma (no test named)
  28. Christopher Harding at or above 6.00-sigma (no test named)
  29. Kevin Langdon at or above 6.00-sigma (no test named)
  30. Photo by Enric Moreu on Unsplash
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Assistant Editor, News Intervention, Human Rights Activist. Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He focuses on North America for News Intervention. Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere. You can contact Scott via email.

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