A 12-year-old British boy has an IQ higher than Einstein’s and is officially one of the world’s brightest children after scoring the highest score on a Mensa test, according to the Daily Mail.
Barnaby Swinburn, 12, from Bristol, England, achieved an IQ test score of 162, the highest possible score for a child his age.
This test evaluates a person’s intelligence and reasoning ability. In that experiment, the British boy surpassed the score of the great scientist Einstein, which was 160, and became a member of the IQ Society MENSA.
Mensa is the organization known as the world’s oldest and largest “High IQ Society. … the only relevant qualification for membership is scoring within the upper 2% of the general population on an approved intelligence test. Mensa takes no stand on politics, religion or social issues, so it has members from many different countries and cultures,” its website states.
The boy genius aspires to study computer programming at Oxford University, his mother Ghislaine revealed, saying that “math is something Barnaby has always excelled at because he enjoys it.”
She also mentioned that the idea to sit for the Mensa exam was her son’s, “We don’t push him to do anything—he made all his decisions for himself on this,” the 50-year-old mother said proudly.
“We don’t even have to ask him to do maths homework because he enjoys it so he just does it anyway. When we found out his test score I was really pleased for him—and he has been very excited about it too.”
Barnaby’s interest in math began when he was four years old. Ghislaine recalls that he couldn’t sleep because he was trying to calculate how many seconds are in an hour.”
What is intelligence quotient (IQ)?
Psychologist William Stern first coined ‘IQ’ to describe the German term Intelligenzquotient.
Historically, IQ is a score obtained by dividing a person’s mental age, obtained with an intelligence test, by his or her age and multiplying the result by 100.
But now, it is considered a normal distribution with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15, resulting in about two-thirds of the population scoring between IQ 85 and 115 and about 2.5 percent above 130 and below 70.
For Mensa, the acceptance score requires members to be in the top two percent of the general population. In addition, depending on the IQ test, it may require a score of at least 130.