An 11 year old black British boy Ramarni Wilfred, of Loom Grove, Romford, London has been told he has a higher IQ level than Steven Hawking, Bill Gates and even Albert Einstein.
Theoretical Physicist & Cosmologistt Prof. Hawking, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Einstein all have 160 IQs. Ramarni scored 162, putting him in the top 1% in the UK.
Ramarni, his mum and older sister moved to Romford two years ago but it was a lot earlier that his mum Anthea started to realise there was something a little special about her son.
Anthea, 37, said: “By the time he was three he could read and write and from 18 months we discussed the news and his favourite book was an encyclopaedia!”
Ramarni was part of the gifted and talented programme, a scheme to develop the abilities of more able pupils, as well as the Brilliant Club. It is a programme for those aged 10-16 who come from less privileged backgrounds, held at St Anthony’s Primary School, in Upton Avenue, Forest Gate.
Last year, at the age of 10 and still in primary school, he wrote a philosophy paper on fairness that earned him a 2:1 and a mock Oxford graduation.
He was then invited to take an IQ test at Birbeck University but to his surprise, he was given an IQ of 162, placing him in the top 1 per cent in the UK. Ramarni said: “I was surprised and very happy when I read the results of my IQ test as I didn’t feel very confident after completing the test.
“I was the youngest person there and some people looked in their 40’s!”
Mensa’s chief executive, John Stevenage, said: “Ramarni’s score shows he has great potential and we are pleased to welcome him to Mensa. Anyone who registers an IQ score which places them in the top two per cent of the population has done remarkably well. The score Ramarni achieved therefore is very good and shows he has great potential.”
“We hope he will enjoy being part of the society and interacting with fellow members.”
As a member, Ramarni will now be invited to exclusive events and will be able to mix with people of his own age with the same interests as himself.
He added: “I don’t really see having a high IQ as a big deal but I do feel very privileged to be invited to join Mensa and can’t wait to attend some of the events.”
Ramarni, who will be starting Year 8 at secondary school next month, harbours hopes of one day studying at Oxford and becoming an astrophysicist.