London: A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in England, who secured two points higher than geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking in the British Mensa IQ test, has been invited to join the coveted society as a member.
Rajgauri Pawar appeared in the British Mensa IQ Test in Manchester last month, and scored 162 – the highest possible IQ for someone under the age of 18.
Pawar of Cheshire county is among the one per cent of those who sit in the Mensa test and achieve the maximum mark, with the ‘genius’ benchmark set at 140. She secured 162, two points higher than Einstein and Hawking.
She is one of only 20,000 people to achieve the score worldwide, Mensa said.
“I was a little nervous before the test but it was fine and I’m really pleased to have done so well,” Pawar said.
Pawar joins the elite British Mensa IQ Society as a member after her great performance.
Her father Dr Surajkumar Pawar said, “This wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of her teachers and the support which my daughter enjoys every day at school”.
She studies at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, which also expressed pride at her achievement.
“Everybody is delighted. She is a very well-liked student and we all expect great things from her,” said Andrew Barry, her maths teacher.