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3-yr-old UK girl has an IQ higher than physicist Stephen Hawking
PTI
London, February 11, 2013
First Published: 00:02 IST(11/2/2013)
Last Updated: 02:05 IST(11/2/2013)

A three-year-old girl in UK has become one of the youngest ever members of Mensa with an IQ estimated to be even higher than physicist Stephen Hawking.

Alice Amos scored an incredible 162 in a test of the high IQ society Mensa - matching some of the world's most notable intellectuals.

The toddler, from Guildford, Surrey, is already bilingual, speaking both English and Russian, where her parents are from, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

Alice's advanced intellect means she is one of the "top one per cent", matching that of Hawking, who has never officially revealed his IQ, but which is estimated to be between 160 and 165.

Alice's score means she is only one of 18 pre-school members of the society.

She already spends her spare time reading Aesop's fables and other fairytales, also enjoying singing, dancing, painting, crafts and reading.

"We are delighted that Alice has joined the society," CEO of British Mensa, John Stevenage, said.

"At Mensa we aim to provide a positive environment for gifted children as they develop and hope they will benefit from interaction with other bright children," said Stevenage.

Alice was admitted to Mensa after her parents submitted a report by British psychologist Professor Joan Freeman.  She scored 162 on the Stanford Binet test - an IQ quiz that looks to measure five factors of cognitive ability - fluid reasoning, knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing, and working memory.

Her IQ of 162 ranks her higher than a list of greatest luminaries.


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