The daughter of migrant Roma workers in England has blown away the scientific community with her impressive IQ test results. The 12-year-old, Nicole Barr of Essex, scored an incredible 162. That score surpasses Hawking and Einstein’s scores and places her among the smartest 1% of the human population.
“When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected,” Barr told the Western Daily. “I was so shocked.”
Barr took the test with her father, James, 36, who hoped she’d be accepted into the illustrious society with her score.
“She’s always loved numbers and puzzles,” he told Yahoo Parenting. “And she’s always been excellent at math, performing several years ahead of her age group in school. She likes challenging herself.”
The pre-teen currently lives in a Gypsy caravan with her father and baby half-sister. Her father is incredibly proud and her academic achievement has been the talk of their community.
“It’s nice for us to be in the news for something good for a change. This shows that it doesn’t matter where you come from, anyone can be academically brilliant,” her father said.
Nicole has always been a bit ahead of the game academically. At the age of 10, she had mastered complex algebra. Currently she loves acting in theater and hopes to be a doctor someday.
“Nicole is a brilliant pupil,” said Helena Mills, head of Burnt Mill Academy. “She works incredibly hard and has thrown herself into many different activities in her first year with us.”
We have a tendency to look down on migrants, but you never know who you might be rejecting when you turn them away from your border.