Meet The 12yr Old With a Higher IQ than Einstein AND Hawking!
To start... I'm a HUGE fan of Albert Einstein & Stephen Hawking. How could I not be?! I've read books, biographies, watched documentaries, & movies. (I also fell slightly in love with Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything" when he portrayed Hawking as he is researching what will become his international best selling book A Brief History of Time, all the while struggling with muscle failure as he learns to cope with motor neuron disease... it's beside the point, but seriously, LOOK at him!)
Einstein & Hawking (not Redmayne, LOL) are both Mensa card holders. Fun fact - so is Nolan Gould, from "Modern Family". And now, so is Nicole Barr.
"Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities."
She loves to read & solve math problems in her own time, even during the summer, but is also a regular 12 year old girl. She lives in the U.K., loves to play soccer, loves to act, & sings at home if even just for herself. She'll even be appearing in a local Shakespeare play coming up soon! Who knows, maybe she'll join Gould on the silver screen one day!
She's always been smart - she was adding numbers before the age of two. Her parents recall that when she was nine, she began pointing out errors in her textbooks, and has always loved math, science, & puzzles.
Recently, Nicole & her father went to take the Mensa IQ test together.
"Nicole Barr took the test at the same time as her father did a couple of weeks ago, and got her results — a score of 162 — on Thursday, easily beating his score. Her father, Jim Barr, says he had a hunch that Nicole would be admitted to Mensa, despite the low acceptance rate — the honor is extended only to those who score in the top 2 percent. 'I was expecting her to do well. I knew she had a quick mind for working out problems and puzzles,' Jim tells Yahoo Parenting. 'I didn’t want to put any pressure on her, so we went for the fun of it. I had the idea in my mind that she would get into Mensa, but when I got the results back, I thought, ‘Wow that’s a high score!’ It wasn’t until later that I learned it was the top score possible on that test.”
GUYS. That puts her IQ way up there... higher than Einstein AND Hawking!
"As for how Nicole plans to use her superior IQ down the line, her father says she wants to be a doctor and 'maybe invent a new medicine.' It’s a career path he thinks would suit her. 'She often thinks outside of the box,' Jim explains. 'She sees things with a different point of view, even when many adults might be scratching their heads.'”