Geniuses don’t come along everyday, but they just may be walking around right now amongst everyday people. It might even be a child. 11-year-old Ramarni Wilfred, of Loom Grove, Romford in England is one such person. Wilfred took the Mensa‘s IQ test and his score of 162 blew the world’s oldest and premier intellectual society by outscoring the likes of Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking and placed him in the top 1% in the UK.
The high score came as no surprise to his family. Wilfred’s mother, Anthea 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 encyclopedia!” At St Anthony’s Primary School, in Upton Avenue, Forest Gate, he was placed in his school’s gifted and talented program as well as a group called the Brilliant Club, a group for tent sixteen-year-olds who come from less privileged backgrounds.
Due to an essay that he wrote, Wilfred was invited to Oxford University’s graduation and he was offered the opportunity to take the IQ test at Birbeck University where he scored the 162. “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,” said Wilfred. “I was the youngest person there and some people looked in their 40’s!”
In response to scoring higher than Einstein, Gates and Hawking, Wilfred humbled, “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.”
Wilfred is now a member of Mensa and will be afforded all of the privileges of a full member, including admission to functions and he’ll be able to mix with members around his own age and with the same interests. For the entire experience, Wilfred said, “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.”