A 12-year-old schoolgirl in Britain has achieved an IQ score of 162 on the Mensa IQ test, higher than the famous genius physicists, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, whose IQ scores are thought to be 160.
Nicole Barr, a member of the traveling Roma community and student at Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow, Essex, scored 162 points, placing her among the top one percent most intelligent people in the entire world, according to Mensa spokesperson Ann Clarkson.
Barr's mother, 34-year-old Dolly Buckland, says she is proud of her daughter. Buckland praised Nicole, saying that she is working hard to fulfill her ambition of becoming a medical doctor.
She realized that she had a brilliant daughter when, at a very young age, Nicole began "picking out mistakes in books and magazines." Nicole was also years ahead of her classmates in elementary school, solving difficult algebra problems her classmates couldn't comprehend.
"She's a hard, hard working child. She stays after school for homework club and never misses a day. From a young age she's been picking out mistakes in books and magazines. She's a happy, fun-loving girl who is always asking for extra homework. She's determined to finish school and go to college and university to be a pediatrician."
According to James, his daughter's performance proves that academic brilliance is not the preserve of any group of people, but can occur among people from any background, regardless of status.
"The story has been going around the gypsy community, particularly on Facebook where it keeps being shared. It's nice for us to be in the news for something good for a change. This shows that it doesn't matter where you come from, anyone can be academically brilliant."
"Nicole is a brilliant pupil. She works incredibly hard and has thrown herself into many different activities in her first year with us. For example she has been camping, entered writing competitions and taken part in a national maths challenge. She lives and breathes our unofficial motto of hard work pays."
"When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected. I was shocked. 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 learnt her lines too."
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