It may seem unbelievable, but the girl in the picture has a higher IQ score than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
On the surface, Nicole Barr looks like just an ordinary 12-year-old girl. She enjoys playing soccer, performs in Shakespeare plays in schools and loves singing.
However, she’s also the talk of Roma community for being smarter than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
The daughter of a Roma travelling family, Nicole Barr had patchy early academic years. Living in a caravan based in the UK for generations, her family moved constantly. It wasn’t until she started attending the Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow, Essex, when teachers spotted her talent from problem-solving and helped her realize the true potential she has.
“She’s always loved numbers and puzzles, and she’s always been excellent at math,” her father James Barr told Yahoo! (Parenting) News, “she likes challenging herself.”
Nicole’s incredible brain
James further noted that his daughter Nicole was able to do calculations as early as the age of two and could work with anything technical with ease. Nevertheless, he was still surprised to learn that his daughter had a more genius mind than 99% of the population.
Attending a Mensa test with her father, Nicole Barr managed to score a perfect 162 IQ, a result higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. “I knew she had a quick mind for working out problems and puzzles,” James added, discussing her perfect Mensa IQ score. “…but when I got the results back, I thought ‘Wow! That’s a high score!’”
James added that as any other normal child, Nicole did rub the fact that she was able to complete the test faster than him. “In the last section, at the four-minute warning, I quickly glanced up to see if Nicole was feeling the pressure, and she already had put her pen down. There were questions I didn’t finish at all,” James explained, adding “She obviously beat me by a long way.”
Being in the society’s elite group of genius minds with such a high Mensa IQ score, Nicole Barr is the talk of the Roma community, as stated by her father.
Nicole herself said in an interview that she was shocked to receive such a high score.
“I remember when I was in primary school and I was an angel in a school play, another girl who was playing the other angel didn’t turn up so I learnt her lines too.“
With the dreams of becoming a doctor, Nicole’s life changed after receiving the Mensa IQ score.
Taking part in the Roma Youth Empowerment conference, Nicole was celebrated for her success. “There was a roller banner with a biography about me,” the girl joyously shared in a later interview with the DailyMail, adding, “…The whole conference was about how much Roma can achieve.”
Nicole Barr was also noticed by Oxford University and was later invited to meet tutors. While the IQ of 162 is an accomplishment enough, Nicole falls into a small group of young women members of Mensa. In fact, only 35% of all 110,000 members of Mensa worldwide are female with only 8% of all members being aged under the age of sixteen, making Nicole truly exceptional.
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