12-Year-Old Girl Has Higher IQ Than Hawking, Einstein

HARLOW, England — A 12-year-old girl from England has a higher IQ than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

The Western Daily Press reports Nicole Barr of Harlow, England, scored a 162 on a recent IQ test, putting her in the ranks of the most intelligent people in the world.

“When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected,” she said. “I was shocked.”

Nicole, who attends Burnt Mill Academy, wants to become a doctor.

“I remember when I was in primary school and I was an angel in a school play, another girl who was playing the other angel didn’t turn up so I learned her lines too,” she told the Daily Press.

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James Barr said his daughter’s achievement is “the talk of the gypsy community.”

“It’s nice for us to be in the news for something good for a change,” he told the Daily Press. “This shows that it doesn’t matter where you come from, anyone can be academically brilliant.

Nicole, her dad and her 3-month-old half-sister live in a caravan.

A Mensa spokesperson said that Nicole’s IQ score “puts her comfortably within the top 1 percent of the population.”

“Only children can get a score higher than 161, because that is the maximum IQ score for an adult. The test is age adjusted for children,” Mensa spokesperson Ann Clarkson told the Daily Press. “While a score of 162 isn’t exactly unknown, it is still quite rare.”

There are 110,000 members of Mensa worldwide, while only 8 percent are under the age of 16.

Hawking received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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