India’s own Einstein – Neha Ramu - and she’s only 12 years old!
Here’s some heartening news to change the parochial Indian mindset that holds the male gender as being more superior - a young Indian girl, Neha Ramu has been declared to have an IQ or an Intelligence Quotient of 162 – which is more than Einstein’s, Bill Gate’s or Stephen Hawkings – who are all believed to score around 160.
A person’s Intelligence Quotient or IQ is derived from certain standardized tests which have been specially designed for this purpose. The standard IQ of people range between 70- 130 and anyone scoring above that is considered to have higher intelligence levels. Einstein’s genius was well known and much celebrated – and we have tangible examples of the genius and intelligence of Bill Gates and Hawkings. India can now add an illustrious example of similar high intelligence to this already shining list – although it is prudent to note that in Einstein’s time IQ tests didn’t exist and Mensa – who conducts these tests, was established in 1946.
Neha Ramu moved to Uk when she was 7 with her parents who say that she had always performed well in school. But her parents realised her potential when she scored full marks in a grammar school entrance test in Britain. Two years later, she took the test for Mensa, a society for people with high IQ which provides a platform for intelligent exchange across the world.
Neha, the daughter of Indian eye specialists, scored 162 – which means she is included in the one percent of people who score that high.
The shy little girl, whose parents are understandably over the moon says that though she has not told many of her friends, those who know and her relatives are extremely happy for her. This bright child has set her sights on the path of medicine, and wishes to follow in the footsteps of her parents. She plans to go to Harvard and newspaper reports say she has scored a whopping 740 out of 800 in a section of the SAT tests, designed for American students aged 18. The Telegraph reports say that this places her with top level Ivy League students.
A fan of Harry Potter who loves swimming, Neha isn’t the only young girl to have bested Einsteins score – one Lauren Marbe, 16 years of age, scored 161 just last month and the tiny 4 year-old Heidi Hankins scored 159. 12 year old Olivia Manning, 11 year old Victoria Cowie and 15 year old Fabiola Mann all have scores of 162 or higher. In the light of International Women’s day this news of highly intelligent little ladies comes as a welcome surprise. Neha surely has illustrious peers!