11-Year-Old Autistic “Prodigy” Boy Has An IQ of 162, Beating Out The Legendary Einstein and Hawking
Kevin Sweeney, who has autism, was able to memorize the periodic table when he was six years old.
Due to the fact that he has a higher IQ than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, Mensa has extended an invitation to a young boy who is just 11 years old, The Daily Mail reports.
Kevin Sweeney, who has autism, was able to memorize the periodic table when he was six years old and could read before he started pre school.
The little prodigy, who was taken to The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh in order to take the examination, was awarded a score of 162 on the IQ test, which placed him in the top one percent of all people.
Kevin, who was the sole kid to take the exam on July 16, now rates higher than both the theoretical scientist Stephen Hawking, whose IQ was 160, and Albert Einstein, who, despite the fact that he never formally took the test, is considered to have had the same IQ.
The avid fan of trivia games, who is a fan of television shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Chase, and Only Connect, has just been extended an invitation to join the famous Mensa organization, which is the world’s oldest, biggest and most prestigious high-IQ society.
Eddie Sweeney, Kevin’s father, is overjoyed to share how much his son, Kevin, could not control his delight when he heard the news. Eddie is 40 years old.
“Kevin was running round the garden when he got the results. It meant a lot more to him than we imagined it would,” he said. “We hope this is a great boost for him. Life has its challenges for Kevin, and we really want to help maximize his potential and give him every opportunity in life.”
Mr. Sweeney and Laura, Kevin’s mother, who is 39 years old, have both said that they have always known that Kevin is a genius.
“It’s amazing we are so proud and Kevin is over the moon,” The father-of-four, from Lochgelly, Fife, 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’.”
Mr. Sweeney said that he and Laura had participated in the exam a few years ago because to their shared passion for quizzes, but Kevin was not old enough to take part in the activity despite his desire to do so. The parents of Kevin have expressed their optimism that this would, in the long run, help open opportunities for Kevin.
“We are so proud as parents, we have always known he was really clever. We always told people he’s a genius, and I don’t use that word lightly,” Kevin’s father added.
What Kevin is able to do “blows his mind,” according to Mr. Sweeney, who works as a physical education teacher for the correctional system. “At six he knew the periodic table after about a week and people would test him on it,” he continued.
“They would ask him a number and he could tell them what is was, what the symbol was and what the element weighed. We watch the Chase everyday and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire when it’s on.”
“He likes Only Connect too, I can watch a whole show and get nothing right it’s so hard, the people on it are crazy clever. But Kevin will sit there and get the answers, it just blows my mind.”
Even Kevin’s father shared another story of how his son answered the $250,000 question correctly on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire before the alternatives were even shown to the audience.
Mr Sweeney added: “When another show asked about the cost of a bus fare in Harry Potter, he was adamant the answer they gave was wrong. He went upstairs, found the right page in the right book within seconds, and proved he was right – the film version had used a different price.”
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