Schoolgirl is brainier than Einstein - 12-year-old gets top Mensa scorePA


A 12-year-old schoolgirl has been found to have an IQ higher than Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Neha Ramu achieved an astonishing 162 point score on a Mensa IQ test, which is the highest possible for someone under 18, and puts her in the top one per cent of intelligent people in the country.

Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein are all thought to have an IQ of 160.

Neha lived with her doctor parents in India before moving to Britain when she was seven. Her mum and dad told the Telegraph they had no idea their daughter was so gifted, and only realised her capabilities when she achieved a 280 out of 280 score on her entrance exams for Tiffin Girls' school in Surrey.

"At first I didn't really realise what she was capable of as she wasn't being stretched at school and when she joined primary school in the UK in year three we didn't really understand the system here," her mum Jayashree said.

"But then when she got the result of the entrance exam for Tiffin Girls', I thought 'OK, maybe she does have something special in her and I'm just not realising it.'"

Neha is said to work hard to maintain her academic prowess, choosing last year to spend her school holidays on an education summer camp in the USA, learning about the brain and the body's nervous system.

At the camp, Neha studied for seven hours a day, five days a week, dissecting body parts such as the brain and eyes.

The schoolgirl hopes to follow in the footsteps of her eye specialist mum and dad and have a career in medicine.

Despite sailing through the Mensa test, Neha said she found it 'quite hard' and did not expect to get into the prestigious organisation.

"I'm really, really happy because I found the test quite hard and I wasn't really holding out much hope that I'd be a member of Mensa," she said. "We might have a little party or something sometime soon to celebrate. I haven't told my friends yet but I've told some of my family and they are all very happy for me."

A British Mensa spokesman confirmed that Neha's score of 162 on the Cattell IIIB test put her within the top one per cent of people in the country.