4-yr-old with an IQ like Einstein
A four-year-old girl from Britain has been accepted into Mensa after achieving a score of 159 on an IQ test, just a point less than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.
According to her father, Matthew Hankins, the fair-haired little Heidi began showing signs of unusual intelligence from as early as the age of one.
"We always thought Heidi was pretty bright because she was reading early. I happen to specialise in measuring IQs in children and I was curious about her, and the results were off the scale.
"I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two, and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It’s what you would expect a seven-year-old to do.
"She is not precocious, she likes her Barbies and Lego, but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book. We are really proud of her,” said Matthew, a lecturer at University of Southampton.
John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said: "Heidi’s parents correctly identified that she shows great potential.
"We wish them well, and are pleased that they have chosen to join the Mensa network for support, where we aim to provide a positive environment for younger members to develop."
To qualify for Mensa, a candidate must hold an IQ that falls within the top 2% of the population. Heidi is reportedly one of approximate 90 children under the age of 10 who belong to British Mensa.
The average adult’s IQ is 100, and a gifted individual’s is 130.
Published April 15 2012