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Welsh schoolgirl, aged 13, thought to have IQ higher than Einstein

19 May 2021 2 minute read
ITV Wales: Jessica Casey

A 13-year-old Welsh schoolgirl is believed to have an IQ higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Jessica Casey achieved scored 162 on a Mensa test, the maximum possible for her age, which is higher than the projected scores of those renowned theoretical physicists.

According to her mother, the Aberdare Community School pupil was dividing numbers aged three and started to read aged one.

Her results put her in the top 1% of the population and she is now a member of the elite Mensa society.

When asked about how she felt about her score, she told ITV Wales: ”It’s fine, I guess, being in Mensa. I’m quite a relaxed person.

”I didn’t have to revise for it. It’s pattern recognition and things like that.

”I just seem to remember things.”

The year eight pupil, only turned 13 in the two weeks since sitting the test, while her older brother Harrison, 15, got the same score when he took the test aged 12.

Ann Clarkson from Mensa said: “I would like to welcome Jessica to Mensa, where she joins a growing community of teenagers and younger members.

”I hope she makes the most of the opportunities membership provides to make new friends and learn new things.”

Jessica said she couldn’t compare herself to Einstein or Hawking because of the things they have accomplished. The estimated IQ of both physicists is 160.

Mensa is the world’s oldest high IQ society. It was founded in 1946 by two barristers in Oxford.

There is only one criterion for membership, which is a measured IQ in the top two percentile of the population.

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