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2-year-old British boy has same IQ as Einstein

A two-year-old boy in Britain has an IQ of at least 160, equal to that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, and has become the youngest boy in the country as a member of Mensa -- the oldest and best known high-IQ society in the world, according to media reports today.

Assessed by the Gifted Children's Information Center in Solihull, England, Oscar Wrigley ranks in the 99.99th percentile of the population, making him one of the brightest children in the world. The center also noted that the gifted child has scored 160, the highest score measured on the Stanford-Binet test, on his IQ test, equal to that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Oscar's parents said they knew from about the time that he was 12 weeks old that Oscar was extremely bright. Oscar started talking at nine months, recited the alphabet in the bath by 18 months, and by the time he turned two, he had a vocabulary stretching to thousands of words, according to his parents.

"He is always asking questions. Every parent likes to think their child was special but we knew there was something particularly remarkable about Oscar," said his father Joe, 29, an IT specialist from Reading in Berkshire.

"His vocabulary is amazing. He's able to construct complex sentences," Oscar's mother Hannah added. "The other day he said to me, 'Mummy, sausages are like a party in my mouth.'"

John Stevenage, Mensa's chief executive, confirmed that tot Oscar had been accepted to join the society at the age of two years, five months and 11 days, stressing that he has great potential.


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