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Two-Year Old With IQ of 156

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 6, 2009

Just a couple of days ago, I went to visit the two-year old daughter of my Ethiopian friends. There, I was stunned to hear the cute girl talk in complete sentences, sing more than 20 songs in Amharic, like an adult would. Of course, the words used by her include peoples names, nouns (objects/animals etc), verbs (doing words), adjectives (describing words) and requesting words.. but her phrases are not single word phrases, like “Drink” or “Eat”, but “I want to drink, I want to eat” and so on…It’s expected that a two year old should be able to have a vocabulary of 100-200 words, but this particular girl is amazing.

And now, just by coincidence, I read the following story about another amazing two-year old, Elise Tan Roberts, from London, England, who can name 35 capital cities and who has just become the youngest member to join high IQ society, Mensa. This is something that Professor Richard Lynn wouldn’t like to hear.

Elise Tan Roberts has an IQ of 156 – 4 less than Albert Einstein had – and can recite the English alphabet, count to 10 in Spanish and name types of triangle.

Elise took the standard Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale test which showed she was in the top 0.2% in her age group in the UK.

Mensa has described the girl as an “exceptional child”.

‘Interesting challenge’

Ben Woods, who became a Mensa member in the 1990s at the age of two years and nine months old, was the youngest member in the society before Elise, who is two years and four months old.

In 2007, Georgia Brown, from Aldershot, Hampshire, became the youngest female member, at six days older than Ben Woods. She scored 152 in an IQ test. Elise can also spell her name aloud and read the words mummy and daddy.

Child psychologist Professor Joan Freeman tested the toddler.

Mensa chief executive John Stevenage said: “Elise’s parents correctly identified that she is an exceptional child. They now realise they have an interesting challenge on their hands as she grows up.

“We wish them well and look forward to seeing Elise develop in the coming years.”

Mensa has about 24,000 members in the UK and Ireland and counts presenter Carol Vorderman, whose IQ is 154, DJ and TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile and inventor Sir Clive Sinclair among its members.


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