4-year-old girl joins Mensa with 159 IQ
Published Apr 14 2012, 16:12 BST | By Colin Daniels
A 4-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa with an IQ of 159.
Heidi Hankins from Winchester, Hampshire, is just one point below Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking
She taught herself to read and could count to 40 when she was 2 years old, the BBC
John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said Hankins's parents "correctly identified that she shows great potential".
"We aim to provide a positive environment for younger members to develop," he added.
The average adult has an IQ score of 100, according to Mensa.
Oscar Wrigley, from Reading in Berkshire, became the youngest child ever to join Mensa
in 2009 with an IQ of 160. He was aged 2 years old at the time.
Mensa lists an unusual memory, reading at an early age, intolerance of other children and an awareness of world events as signs of a gifted child.