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Girl, 12, has higher IQ than Einstein, Stephen Hawking

By WITW Staff on August 10, 2015

A 12-year-old girl who lives in a traveling caravan in the U.K. has aced an IQ test with a score of 162 — two points higher than the IQs of world-renowned geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking are believed to be. Nicole Barr snagged the maximum score after taking the Mensa test alongside her father James. Mensa is an exclusive group for people who have IQs in the 98th percentile or higher. Barr’s father said that since news of her achievement began circulating, it’s been the talk of their traveling community, which is now based in Essex, England. “It’s nice for us to be in the news for something good for a change,” he told The Western Daily Press. Nicole has shown signs of having an unusually good memory, but the results of the test even caught her by surprise. “I was shocked,” she said. The average IQ score is 100 and 140 is the threshold at which an individual is classified a genius. It’s still unclear whether Nicole will be granted admission to Mensa. There are reportedly 110,000 members of the group worldwide and just 8 percent are under the age of 16 and 35 percent are female. A Mensa spokesperson acknowledged how rare Nicole’s feat is and told The Western Daily Press, “Nicole’s IQ puts her comfortably in the top one percent of the population.”

Read the full story at The Western Daily Press.