In a slightly bizarre poll, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman (creator of LSD) has come top of a list of ‘greatest living thinkers’.

You can see the poll and read a story about it at the Daily Telegraph website (you may need to register) here.

The poll was conducted by Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm, by emailing 4,000 Britons asking each for 10 living ‘geniuses’. A panel of six experts in creativity and innovation then assigned them scores in categories like achievement, popular acclaim and intellectual power.

I’m pleased to see Fred Sanger is equal 5th with Nelson Mandela, but a little concerned to see that Simpson’s creator Matt Groening just pipped the two of them to 4th spot!

The list looks pretty crazy to me, but it’s fun seeing people like Mr Kalashnikov (Small arms manufacturer) rubbing shoulders with JK Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books), film-maker Ken Russell and neurobiologist Erich Jarvis in joint 83rd!

You can read more about Hoffmann and LSD here.

Does anyone have any better ideas who the ‘greatest living genius’ is?

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