LONDON: An 11-year-old British schoolgirl has beaten the great scientist Albert Einstein in IQ score.
Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell, 11, from Northampton, has scored 162 on the Cattell B scale of the Mensa IQ test. Though Einstein never took an IQ test, his IQ is considered to be 160 because of his Theory of Relativity.
Mensa is an elite institution whose members are only people whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population. They are called Mensans and there are reportedly 111,000 Mensans in 100 countries. Britain alone has over 21,000 members, with 1,300 of them being children.
People with IQ above 135 come to the Mensa levels.
By scoring 162 in her Mensa test, Cerys has outshone not only Einstein but also the living legend Stephen Hawking.
Her dad has an IQ of 142. The Mensa test is offered to children above 10 and a half years and Cerys is one of the youngest to take the test.
“My primary aim was to beat my dad who is very smart but I didn’t expect to beat him by such a huge margin,’’ the 11-year-old girl was quoted as saying by Express newspaper.
About her future plans, she said, “I like working with numbers so I think I would like to work for a bank or even one day become the Governor of the Bank of England.”
Her father Dean, who is a lawyer, told the newspaper, “I am not sure if this score is a good thing or a bad thing as I know she will be questioning everything I tell her to do. We are a bit blown away.”