Smarter than Einstein, Hawking? 12-yr-old scores 162 in IQ test

Smarter than Einstein, Hawking? 12-yr-old scores 162 in IQ test

Nicole Barr, of Harlow, Essex, got a perfect 162 on the Mensa test.


A 12-year-old British girl is brainier than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking if her IQ test is anything to go by. Nicole Barr scored a perfect 162 on her Mensa IQ test, two points higher than the two legendary scientists.

The score puts Barr in the top 1% of the brightest people on the planet and implies she is more intelligent than physicists Hawking, Einstein and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who are all thought to have an IQ of 160.

“She’s a hard working child. She stays after school for homework club and never misses a day,” said her 34-year-old mother Dolly Buckland.

“From a young age she’s been picking out mistakes in books and magazines. She’s a happy, fun-loving girl who is always asking for extra homework,” Buckland told British tabloid the Daily Mirror.

“When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected. I was shocked,” said Barr, who received her IQ test results last week.

“Nicole’s IQ puts her comfortably within the top 1% of the population,” said Mensa spokesman Ann Clarkson.

The girl, who is a Year 7 student in Burnt Mill Academy, enjoys reading, singing and drama. At primary school, Barr was several years ahead of her peers and could tackle complex algebra before the age of 10.

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