4-year-old genius girl Heidi Hankins has 159 IQ, a point below Albert Einstein, joins British Mensa

By on Apr 14, 2012 in Amazing, Education, Europe, Lifestyle, Parenting Comments

Heidi Hankins, only 4 years old, is now being considered as UK‘s newest genius girl after she reportedly has a 159 IQ, one point lower than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, has been accepted at British Mensa.

4-year-old genius girl Heidi Hankins
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According to British news sites on Friday, April 13, 2012, Heidi Hankins, from Hampshire, recently became one of the youngest member of Mensa, so-called the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.

As noted in reports, the 4-year-old genius girl started to read by herself using computer when she 18 months old; and could count to 40, draw pictures of people, recite poems and read books meant for seven-year-olds, when she was only 2 years old.

“We always thought Heidi was bright because she was reading early. I was curious about her IQ and the results were off the scale.” Matthew Hankins, 47, Heidi‘s father, a psychologist and a University of Southampton lecturer, was quoted at Daily Mail.

“I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It’s what you would expect a seven-year-old to do.” Dr. Hankins added.

“We don’t push Heidi at all. She has taken up everything herself and teaches herself. She is not precocious, she is just a little girl who likes her Barbies and Lego but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book.” Dr. Hankins explained further.

Based on Mensa standard, the average adult IQ score is 100 while a ‘gifted’ score is 130, with British Mensa chief executive John Stevenage, of British Mensa saying that “Heidi‘s parents correctly identified that she shows great potential”.

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