A 12-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa after an intelligence test revealed she has a higher IQ than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Anwita Patil, from Sale, Greater Manchester, achieved a score of 162, the highest possible score in her age category, placing her above the scientists who are believed to have had an IQ of around 160.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Anwita’s parents said they had been amazed by their daughter’s natural intelligence growing up.
Her mother Anu, who has a PhD in Mathematics, said: ‘We used to do maths challenges together, but sometimes I didn’t get the answer and (Anwita) would.
‘She thinks completely differently, and this is for things that aren’t taught in school.’
Anwita sat two tests when she was 11 which analysed her linguistic ability and lateral thinking as well as her visual and spatial awareness.
After achieving a maximum score in one of the tests, she qualified to join Mensa, the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world, which only accepts those who can prove they have an IQ in the top two per cent of the population.
Her mother and her father, Jay, an NHS consultant, said they were not surprised that their young daughter qualified for membership but had no idea she would pass with the highest possible score.
But the child genius does not spend all her time solving maths problems and enjoys playing piano as well as learning Bharatanatyam – a classical Indian dance form.
She celebrated her astounding results by having a gathering with friends and family shortly after she turned 12.
Jay explained that his daughter, a pupil at Withington Girls’ School, wants to use her intelligence to help solve global issues.
He explained: ‘Anwita is quite fascinated by the practical applications of maths in various subjects be it science, engineering or computers.
‘Anwita hopes that she will help solve societal challenges using her skills and experience when she grows up.’
She will now join 18,000 other members of Mensa in the UK and Ireland, which aims to provide a ‘stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.’
Founded in 1946 in Oxford by Lancelot Lionel Ware, a scientist and lawyer, and Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, the organisation encourages those with lively minds to interact with each other at events, meetings or by chatting online.
Members are asked to prove their IQ where the average adult has an IQ of 100 and a score above 140 is considered to be that of a genius.
One of the tests, the Cattell III B, has 150 questions which assess comprehension through passages of texts.
The maximum possible score is 161 for adults, and 162 for under-18s.