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11-year-old British boy beats Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein in IQ test

Charisa Bossinakis

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11-year-old British boy beats Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein in IQ test

An 11-year-old British boy has been invited to join Mensa after achieving an IQ score higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Child genius Kevin Sweeney was invited to join the prestigious organisation after receiving an impressive score of 162, placing him in the top one per cent, according to Daily Mail.

Kevin flew to The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh to sit for the test on July 16 and achieved a score higher than physicist Stephen Hawking, who had an IQ of 160.

While Albert Einstein never sat the test, it’s believed he had the same IQ.


Honestly, this kid would be a weapon in trivia.

His father, Eddie, was especially proud of his son as he was the only child to have sat the test that day.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

He said: “He got the maximum score for someone his age. There were no other children at the test it was all adults.


“We thought he might get overwhelmed being with all adults, but he was just chatting away to everyone saying ‘hi, I'm Kevin’”.

He said he hopes the experience is a massive ego ‘boost’ for Kevin.

His father said: “We hope this is a great boost for him. Life has its challenges for Kevin, and we really want to help maximise his potential and give him every opportunity in life.”

However, his test results didn’t come as much of a surprise to his parents, who disclosed that Kevin had always shown an aptitude for education, memorising the periodic table at six and learning to read before he started primary school.


Eddie added: “Kevin was running round the garden when he got the results. It meant a lot more to him than we imagined it would.”

The boy's results follow 10-year-old Reiss Sanders, who was invited to join Mensa in April after scoring the same result as Kevin.  

Miraculously, as a last-minute decision, Reiss' stepdad also took the IQ test to help Reiss combat his nerves and even scored as high as 142, meaning the invitation to Mensa has also been extended to him.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Reiss’ Mum Rebecca Sanders-Hall, said: “A couple days before he got really nervous. He’s quite small in stature so he was worried about doing it with all the adults in the room. 

“My husband, who was quite curious about his own results, said that he would come and do it with him.”

Rebecca added: “We got my husband’s results first, and he got into Mensa, and that was pure excitement. I was nervous because I thought about how to break it to Reiss that he didn’t get in.

“But then his came through, it was full marks and Mensa had categorised him as a genius.”

Featured Image Credit: Eddie Sweeney / SWNS.

Topics: News, UK News, Education

Charisa Bossinakis
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