Jim Parsons (Sheldon) plays a genius on television, but several geniuses have actually been on The Big Bang Theory, including Stephen Hawking.

The author of A Brief History of Time makes cosmology understandable by the masses.

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Apple Computer Co-Founder Steve Wozniak

Since the death of icon Apple founder Steve Jobs, most people now recognize the name Steve Wozniak. “Woz” appeared back in Season 4 as himself. As a creator, he chose to always do work he believed in.

SpaceX Visionary Elon Musk

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Elon Musk is the man behind SpaceX and Tesla. In Season 9, Musk reminded Howard what’s really important while the two both volunteered at a soup kitchen. Too bad he’s not doing more on earth, as his visions are inspiring him to head to Mars.

Bill Nye The Science Guy

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Most people believe that Bill Nye is just an actor from a television show, but he’s actually quite smart in real life. The genius behind the popular television show appeared back in Season 7, among other episodes with comedian Bob Newhart.

Big Bang’s Own Mayim Bialik

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Actress Mayim Bialik is as smart as her counterpart, Amy. In real life, the star of Blossom actually has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, like her character on the hit CBS series. This is good, in case her wildly successful career ever takes a turn, she’ll have something to fall back on.

In addition to Bialik and the others above, some other real-life genius that have been featured on the show include supersmart Danica McKellar (Winnie from The Wonder Years) who has a mathematics degree from UCLA, along with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, astrophysicists George Smoot and Neil deGrasse Tyson, among others.

Who is your favorite genius to appear on The Big Bang Theory?

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