Mensa: British four year old almost 'as smart as Einstein and Hawking'

Published: April 14, 2012
Four year old Heidi from Winchester ranks a point below  Einstein and Hawking. PHOTO: BBC

Four year old Heidi from Winchester ranks a point below Einstein and Hawking. PHOTO: BBC

Mensa just accepted another member in its exclusive list of people with astonishingly high IQs, but what is so special about this new member is that not only does she a rank a point below the likes of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking with a phenomenal score of 159, she is also just… four years old, Yahoo News reported on Saturday.

Winchester resident, Heidi Hankins is the newest member of United Kingdom’s high IQ society.

“We always thought Heidi was pretty bright because she was reading early. I happen to specialise in measuring IQs in children and I was curious about her, and the results were off the scale,” the little girl’s father, Matthew Hankins, told the Hampshire Chronicle.

“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,” he added.

Despite being a ‘genius’ of sorts, she is still a little girl, the father insists. Little Hankins can write complete sentences, performs arithmetic functions such as addition and subtraction, all before attending kindergarten.

“The thing is she’s 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. We are really proud of her.”

Mensa, excited about the new member from Winchester, lauded the parents for correctly identifying her potential.

“Heidi’s parents correctly identified that she shows great potential,” said John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa. “We wish them well, and are pleased that they have chosen to join the Mensa network for support, where we aim to provide a positive environment for younger members to develop.”

According to Mensa, the average adult IQ score is 100, that too for adults.

Heidi’s parents are now looking into schools for their little girl, who still has time to formally enroll in first grade.

In 2009, Elise Tan Roberts from London was two when she joined Mensa with a score of 156 IQ.

Mensa uses the following list to determine the ‘genius’ potential within a child:

-An unusual memory

-Reading early

-Unusual hobbies or interests or an in-depth knowledge of certain   subjects

-An awareness of world events

-Asks questions all the time

-Developed sense of humour


-Likes to be in control

-Makes up additional rules for games

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Reader Comments (8)

  • AnIndian
    Apr 15, 2012 - 1:23AM

    Let’s educate and provide opportunity to the millions of South Asia and we will find suchChildren among us also who will liberate the sub-continent from poverty, ignorance and hatred…Recommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Apr 15, 2012 - 1:39AM



  • Aaliya Murphy
    Apr 15, 2012 - 11:50AM

    Wow! Now that is just sheer brilliance! Its like Sheldon from the Big Bang theory being reincarnated! Way to go kid!!


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:11AM

    Well, an IQ test showed that I have an IQ of 170+(up there with Marie Curie and Pascal) and apparently, a mathematical genius like Henri Poincare had an IQ of 35.
    Moral of the story, don’t go by IQ alone!!


  • asif ali
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:41AM

    she is really a brilliant girl at her little age, i like her. i agree with yuri that IQ is not only a Test through which we can say some body a genius and intelligent. some times people are good at IQ tests but in real life not such genius.. Einstein was a genius in real means that he Discover and explore the nature.


  • Noise
    Apr 19, 2012 - 11:56PM

    Whats more important is what she’ll do with all that IQ


  • Waseem
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:16AM

    Thanx to her teeth she looks a typical Brit………


  • Giri
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:22AM

    How does your high IQ help you become Pascal or Marie Curie if you are seen most of the time visiting ET:-)


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