This is pretty insane! 11-year-old Ramarni Wilfred has a higher IQ than Albert Einstein, Steven Hawking and Bill Gates! Ramarni, who is raised by single mother Anthea Wilfred in Romford, England, attends a program for brilliant, underprivileged children and was invited by Birbeck University to take an IQ test. Although he initially felt that he did not do well, it was later discovered that he has an IQ of 162.
When asked about the comparisons to geniuses like Einstein and Hawking, Ramarni told the Romford Recorder;
I can’t begin to compare myself to these great men whose hard work clearly proves that they are true geniuses. Who knows? Perhaps my ‘true genius’ moment will come when I grow up, but for now I am just proud of myself and happy that my mum and sister are proud of me too.
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’s mother, Anthea, told the paper that her son showed signs of brilliance from an early age;
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!
Since the news broke she’s been flooded with messages from parents asking what her “secret” is. She took to her Facebook page to dispel the notion that there’s a “secret” at all.
I have been asked several times today, the secret to how I raised my son to be the way he is. My answer has been:
“I wish there was a secret, in which case I would gladly share it but honestly, it’s all him. He has always been very articulate and studios with an intense thrist for knowledge. He has never been interested in playing in the streets; favouring books over ball games. The same is true of my daughter who, at 20yrs old, graduates from university with a BSc in Psychology this July. All I have done is support their interests and encourage them to follow their dreams. We enjoy cultural holidays abroad; meeting the locals and sharing their food, visiting historical places of interest instead of sitting by the pool all day. We watch meteor showers together, go fossil hunting, watch plays at the theatre and visit museums. Always seeking new experiences and finding new and alternative answers to our questions. These family outings are fun and create wonderful family memories and reward us with valuable knowledge. I would suggest everyone do these things with their children. For us it was just natural and as a single parent I relish every precious moment with my children.”
We wish Ramarni all the best as he charts his life path!