Child Genius Scores A Higher IQ Than Stephen Hawking And Albert Einstein

She read all the Harry Potter books three times in her spare time.

If you like solving problems that require you to, "Add together three of the following numbers each time to reach a total of 60. How many different combinations are there? 2 3 5 10 15 20 25 50..." then you might just be on your way to becoming the next Mensa member.

That was just one of the sample questions as pointed out by The Guardian in the Mensa IQ test. In total there are 150 questions that test your aptitude in "language skills, including analogies and definitions, and... logic." 

While joining Mensa is certainly an astonishing achievement for anyone, it's even more incredible that it was done by a 12-year-old girl. What makes this even more out of this world is that Lydia Sebastian scored in the top one percent of all test takers.


Somewhere in the cosmic, social media universe, Albert Einstein even Tweeted about it.

Sebastian, according to, "received a perfect score of 162 on Mensa's Cattell III B test." 

Only two other children received that score this past year, as per The Guardian. The strange part is, Sebastian didn't even find the test that difficult, saying, "At first, I was really nervous but once I started, it was much easier than I expected it to be and then I relaxed." 

In order to achieve a perfect score, Sebastian practiced for over a year. Her parents, whose dad is a radiologist and mother who studied chemistry and works at Barclays Bank, were very supportive of her decision to take the test.

After Lydia showed the initial interest in the British IQ test, her parents encouraged her to pursue her interest. Even though her IQ of 162 is higher than Einstein and Hawking's estimated IQ's of 160, her parents insist they did nothing out of the ordinary in raising their daughter.

Her father Arun, who works at England's Colchester General Hospital, explained to The Daily Mailthat they tried to not "push" her too much. His reasoning behind this is that, "If a child is pushed to do something that's not designed for their age then, personally, I'd feel they they'd be missing out on other things."

The second-year Colchester County high school student did show an aptitude for reading and speaking at a young age though. She also apparently loves her homework, sometimes staying up to 9PM to finish her studies, as reported by the The Daily Mail.

What is next for the child genius?

The Daily Mail explained she has a passion for math and physics, but overall, her parents don't really know. quoted her father as saying, "She doesn't really know exactly what she wants to do."

However, she has read all seven of the "Harry Potter" books three times, so maybe just worrying about if she will be Gryffindor or Hufflepuff is enough for now. 


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