smarts or intelligence? If I were to give an educated opinion as to the greatest mind of history,I would have to give the prize to a society of peoples rather than one individual. The reason for this reasoning is that all of the theories and ideas one may conceive are developed through the stimulations of past thinking. But the most influential and thought provoking society, as well as historically productive in numbers of high IQs are the early Greeks, Particularly, the Athenians. Pericles, Socrates, Aristotle, Hippocrates, Solon, and I could still go on. They truly set a standard of learning that we should strive for always. But if I was forced to pick one man out of the past it would probably be Davinci.