‘I’m smarter than Stephen Hawking!’: Ilford schoolgirl shocked by IQ test results

PUBLISHED: 10:48 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 20 October 2016

Hridima Bhattacharya, 10, with her mother Sudeshna and father Mrinal.

Hridima Bhattacharya, 10, with her mother Sudeshna and father Mrinal.

Mrinal Bhattacharya

A 10-year-old girl was shocked to learn that she has an IQ two points higher than Stephen Hawking.

Hridima Bhattacharya, of the Valebrook estate, Park Road, Ilford, sat an official IQ test on September 24 after her dad suggested it might be fun.

On October 6, much to her delight and disbelief, she received news that she had scored 162 – the highest possible IQ that a human being can achieve.

And Hridima’s father, Mrinal, recalls clearly the moment they received the results.

He said: “I don’t think she realised how well she had done to begin with.

“She got the letter and told us, ‘oh I got 162’, but it was only when she started googling it that it sank in just what she had achieved.

“She turned to me and her mother and went ‘I’m smarter than Stephen Hawking!’

“She was absolutely shocked.”

That surprise extended to her parents as well, much to their delight.

“Growing up she has always been an intelligent girl but we never expected this,” said Mrinal, who works as a project planner for Crossrail.

“She might be the youngest person ever to achieve this feat and we are so so proud of her.”

Hridima has already applied to Mensa – a group composed of the two per cent of the planet’s population with the highest IQ – and will be hearing back within the next two weeks.

The 10-year-old, who attends Lathom Junior School in East Ham, now faces the tough choice of which secondary school she should go to to make the most of her prestigious IQ, but told the Recorder she hadn’t expected anything from the IQ test.

She said: “When I first got to the testing centre I was a bit scared because there wasn’t anyone else my age there.

“It was me in a room with about 20 adults, but as soon as I started I realised it was quite similar to my 11+ so I just carried on with it and I’m really happy with the result.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do in the future yet but I think I’d quite like to be a lawyer because I like debating.”

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