Aristotle once said, “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” It seems his infamous words have lived up to their meaning as we have seen some of the greatest minds in our history disappear from society, sometimes without a trace. Whether is was a voluntary choice, death or some other force that made these great minds to vanish in thin air, they both left their mark on society.
This Russian-born mathematician is known for the Weisfeiler-Lehman algorithm and other complicated concepts of algebra. His knowledge of math was only outweighed by his love of the outdoors, which ultimately led to his disappearance during a solo hiking trip in Chile. Conflicting reports claim his drowned body was found by Chilean officials, while others claim that he was taken prisoner and assassinated as a spy. The Chilean government has been very hush about the details of his 1985 disappearance. However, the case was still being discussed in 2012.
Not all geniuses are scientists, some are leaders in other fields, such as Nick Gill. Dubbed a culinary genius, Gill became the youngest chef to win a Michelin star. A twenty-something year old thrusted into the spotlight, Gill could not handle the new life of fame and fortune. Sources say the stress caused his personal and professional life to crumble. Gill lost his fortune and began to abuse drugs and alcohol. As relationships with his wife and kids became strained, he decided to vanish and has not been heard of since.
Margie Profet was an evolutionary biologist who became the center of many controversial findings. The female scientist claimed she had discovered evidence that menstruation, morning sickness and other womanly issues developed throughout the evolutionary process to help the body get rid of toxins. Her findings were met with a large amount of criticism because Profet lacked the formal biology training of her colleagues. Throughout the nineties, she continued to make radical findings. In 2005, she disappeared without a trace. Seven years later, Psychology Today published an article on Profet and her work, which placed attention back to her disappearance. Eventually she was found suffering from poverty and illness in California. There has been no publicized reason of why she disappeared in the first place.