Neha Ramu, an Indian origin girl in the UK, may be more intelligent than scientist Albert Einstein and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawkings. The 12-year-old school girl reportedly has an IQ of 162, the highest possible score for her age.
Neha, daughter of a doctor couple, achieved a score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test. Her score means that she is smarter than Hawkings and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who were thought to have an IQ of 160, The Telegraph reported.
Einstein never took the test, but his IQ was belived to be around 160.
"Neha scored 162 on the Cattell IIIB test, putting her within the top one per cent of people in the country," a spokesman for British Mensa said.
After the test, Neha secured her position among the top one percent of the brightest people in the UK. She along with her parents was living in Bangalore, India, before shifting to London five years ago.
She studied at Sri Aurobindo Vidya Mandir at Rajajinagar, Bangalore. Her parents came to know about her exceptional capabilities when she scored 280 out of 280 in an entrance exam for The Tiffin Girls' School in the UK.
Two years later, she took the Mensa IQ test and scored 162.
"At first I did not really realise what she was capable of as she wasn't being stretched at school and when she joined primary school in the UK in year three we didn't really understand the system here," her mother Jayashree told The Telegraph.
"I am so proud of her. Although she's being doing well at these kinds of tests for some time now this is just marvellous. I can't express the feeling."
Neha, a Harry Potter fan, is happy for the attention she is receiving but admitted that the test was tough to crack.
"I enjoy the attention I am receiving... but I do not feel any different from my friends," Neha told The New Indian Express. "As far as the IQ test is considered, I cannot say it was an academic success as no preparation was involved."
"I'm really, really happy because I found the test quite hard and I wasn't really holding out much hope that I'd be a member of Mensa," she told The Telegraph.
"We might have a little party or something sometime soon to celebrate. I haven't told my friends yet but I've told some of my family and they are all very happy for me."