Lydia Sebastian, 12, of Essex, England is literally a genius. At least, according to the perfect score she received on the Cattell III B, one of two qualifying tests for the English chapter of the high-IQ society MENSA.
The pre-teen prodigy scored a 162 on the exam, that's even higher than the 160 estimated IQ of Albert Einstein.
Lydia Sebastian, the girl who beat A. Einstein and S. Hawking by achieving a maximum score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test pic.twitter.com/mQCHM81HbK— Latifa (@jesuislatifa) September 3, 2015
"We were surprised by how well she did," her father, radiologist Arun Sebastian reportedly said. "I couldn't quite believe it," he said of his daughter's perfect score. "I did a double-check."
Sebastian's parents don't plan to capitalize on their daughter's brilliant mind. They intend for her to continue regular life and progress among her peers.
"My personal view is that when a child does things out of her age group, she may miss out on other things in life," her father said. "We are hoping she will just carry on in school the way she is."
Although Sebastian is hardly the first child genius, she's certainly one of few. Joanne Ruthsatz, a researcher on gifted children and professor of psychology at Ohio State University at Mansfield, estimated they emerge in roughly 1 of every 5,000 to 10,000 children.
I suspect young Lydia will be making a lot of new friends at school who want to become "study buddies."