This 12-Year-Old Girl Has an IQ Higher Than Stephen Hawking

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This 12-Year-Old Girl Has an IQ Higher Than Stephen Hawking

Lydia Sebastian is a 12-year-old girl from Colchester County High School in Essex. She started talking at six months; she could play the violin at four; she’s read all seven Harry Potter books in the series three times. And just in case all that isn’t enough, Lydia achieved the highest possible score—162 —on her Mensa IQ test. That’s higher than celebrated physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, who scored 160. Oh hey, there, Smart Girl! Look at you being smarter than some of the smartest men in history!

So, wait. How did this happen? 

After nagging her parents and searching online for the perfect IQ test to sink her teeth into, Lydia took one at Mensa during the school holidays (right, because she’s still in school). The Guardian reported that she was “nervous at first, but once I started it was much easier than I expected it to be and then I relaxed.” The paper challenged her language skills, including analogies, and her sense of logic. Lydia finished with minutes to spare.

Now, Lydia proudly joins fellow primary-schoolers Nicole Barr, a 12-year-old from Harlow, Essex, and Aahil Jouher, a 10-year-old from Blackburn, who also aced the Mensa test this year. Um, does anyone else notice that girls are kicking-ass right now?!

If you’re not familiar with Mensa, it’s the oldest high-IQ society in the world. Membership is open to anyone who has achieved a score within the upper 2% of the general population. They have members in over 100 countries around the world, and get this: the youngest member of Mensa is only 4 years old.

Smarties, I’ll say this loud and clear. These two girls (and one boy) are making incredible strides using intelligence, creativity, and determination to engage in challenging activities that stimulate and excite them. This is really what life is about; at any age you can do what you love, push yourself, learn new skills. And most importantly, have fun while you’re at it!

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