At What Age Geniuses Shine the Most

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A study from the Bureau of Economic Research looked at what age scientists are when they contribute their most important work, including inventors and Nobel Prize winners. The results of the study are pictured in a graph that shows the average age of scientists when they made important discoveries is around 40 years old.

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research looked at what age scientists are when they contribute their most important work, including inventors and Nobel Prize winners.

The results of the study are pictured in a graph that shows the average age of scientists when they made important discoveries is around 40 years old.

Although Albert Einstein made most of his important breakthroughs in his mid 20’s, 93 percent of all Nobel Prize winners were older than 26 when they conducted their research.

According to Benjamin Jones, who worked on the study: “This research consistently finds that performance peaks in middle age: the life-cycle begins with a training period in which major creative output is absent, followed by a rapid rise in output to a peak, often in the late 30s or 40s, and a subsequent slow decline in output through later years.”

The peak ages ranged depending on the field of research, for example advances in mathematics and physics were made by people younger than the geniuses in medicine and history.

Jones theorizes that the opportunity for scientific discovery happens after being involved in a more conventional research setting, which in academics happens around or just before middle age.

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