The U.K.’s newest genius? A 4-year-old with an IQ like Stephen Hawking! wha?….
A fair-haired, chubby-cheeked 4-year-old has been identified as the U.K.’s newest genius.
Heidi Hankins, of Winchester, was recently accepted into the exclusive international high-IQ society, Mensa, with an IQ of 159, one point lower than theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
“We knew she was bright; we didn’t know it would be this high,” father Matthew Hankins, 46, a psychologist and public health lecturer, told the Star.
Hankins, who also has a 9-year-old son, said his daughter began showing signs of unusual intelligence as early as age 1, when she could boot up the family’s Windows-based personal computer — “I think that shows much more perseverance,” Hankins quipped — and navigate applications.
At 18 months, she was playing chess. Six months later she was reading at the level of an 8-year-old.
The average adult IQ is 100, with most falling somewhere between 90 and 120, said Lyn Kendal, a gifted child consultant for British Mensa. To qualify for Mensa, a candidate must hold an IQ that falls within the top 2 per cent of the population. Heidi is reportedly one of about 90 children under 10 who belong to British Mensa.
What most impresses Hankins, however, is Heidi’s memory.
“She will remember times and events and things you wouldn’t even notice,” he said. “She has a really good memory for times and places and details.”
Kendal said children with high IQs often express, like Heidi, excellent memories, early reading capacity and a higher level of sophistication, compared to their peers. This sometimes leads to frustration in play group or nursery settings.
“They set high standards,” she said.
But even with her high IQ, Heidi still displays common childhood traits — like poor listening skills.
“She’s fiercely independent,” Hankins said. “She pushes us away.”
In 2009, a 30-month-old British boy was accepted to Mensa with a 160 IQ. He is considered the society’s youngest-ever member.
Would you feel nrevous, or threatened, if your toddler was WAAAYY smarter than you?