Heidi, the 4-year-old ‘genius’ accepted into Mensa with IQ almost as high as Stephen Hawking

Four-year-old Heidi Hankins has an IQ of 159, just one point short of that of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

Or, put another way, 100 points higher than U.S. Vice-president, Joe Biden.

A little bit special: Four-year-old Heidi Hankins has an IQ of 159, just one point below Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

  • ‘Gifted’ Heidi Hankins stunned examiners with her extraordinary intelligence
  • Sat Mensa test after nursery staff struggled to find activities to challenge her

UK Daily Mail – A four-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa with an IQ almost as high as Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

Brainy Heidi Hankins – who hasn’t even started school yet – sat an IQ test after staff at her nursery said she was so intelligent they were struggling to find activities to challenge her.

The exceptional youngster impressed examiners with a impressive score of 159. The average score for an adult is 100 and for ‘gifted’ individuals is 130.

She beats TV mathematician Carol Vorderman (score 154), also a member of Mensa and is only slightly behind Big Bang scientist Stephen Hawking and legendary physicist Albert Einstein both with IQs of 160.

Heidi – who can already add, subtract, draw figures and write in sentences – was reading books for seven year olds when she was just two.

The test she took, is specifically designed fro children her age and contains a mixture of problem-solving puzzles and word games.

Heidi’s father, Matthew, from Winchester, Hants, hopes she can now skip a school year to ensure she is adequately challenged.

The University of Southampton public health lecturer, 46, added: ‘We always thought Heidi was bright because she was reading early.

‘I was curious about her IQ and the results were off the scale. 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.

‘She was making noises and trying to talk literally since she was born and by age one her vocabulary was quite good. Now it is really good.

‘She was using full sentences almost as soon as she started to speak and then taught herself to read using the computer aged 18 months. (more >>>)

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