A little girl has a super-high IQ of 162 – putting her score slightly h*gher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Adhara Pérez, from Mexico city, has been sitting IQ tests since she was just four-years-old. Now aged nine, she’s studying two degrees: one in systems engineering at Universidad CNCI and the other in industrial engineering in mathematics at UNITEC, both in Mexico.
When I was nine my mum wouldn’t even let me use the toaster in case I burnt the house down, so fair play Adhara. The youngster has her sights set on the University of Arizona, where she’s been offered a place to study astronomy and is now brushing up on her English so she can realise her dream.
She told NBC San Diego: “I have to stay there for three months to learn and get accustomed to hearing and speaking English.”
Adhara, who was dia*nos-ed with auti*m when she was three, hopes to become an astronaut at NASA one day and has already the organisation’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.
Before being diagnosed, little Adhara became the target of cruel bullies who teased her for being different. Her mum Nallely Sanchez told the Yucatan Times: “I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up. And they started to chant: ‘Oddball, weirdo!’
“And then they started hitting the little house. So I said, I don’t want her to suffer. And she told me that she didn’t want to go to school anymore, and fell into a very deep depression.”
However, it was this interaction that would get Adhara’s genius spotted.
After taking her out of school, her mum put her in therapy and it was here that the psychiatrist recommended Adhara go to the Talent Care Center, where various IQ tests were carried out and she hit a score of 162.
For context, both Einstein and Hawking are believed to have had scores of 160. Adhara’s big brains meant she finished high school when she was just eight years old and now works on her degrees online.
And if all that isn’t quite impressive enough, she’s also written a book.
Speaking to NBC San Diego, Adhara offered this advice to anyone who needs it: “Do not give up, and if you don’t like where you are, start planning where you want to be.”