9-Year-Old Mexican Girl With Higher IQ Than Albert Einstein Already Studying to be Astronaut


Adhara Pérez was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome when she was three years old. She was bullied severely by her peers, but her parents discovered through treatment that she had a higher IQ than Albert Einstein. 

Adhara's brilliance enabled her to complete elementary school at the age of five, middle school at the age of six, and high school at the age of eight. Adhara is just 10 years old and is pursuing two degrees at the same time.

To be more specific, Adhara Pérez's IQ test result was 162, which was slightly higher than Albert Einstein's and Stephen Hawking's IQ scores, which are estimated to be around 160 (they were never officially tested). 

Prior to this finding, Pérez was an Asperger's kid who struggled with some aspects of her development, such as social interaction with other children her age. Adhara said that she was "mocked at school." Students teased her, calling her "oddball" and "weirdo."

Her mother, Nallely Sanchez, said “I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up. And they started to chant: ‘Oddball, weirdo!. And then they started hitting the little house. So I said, I don’t want her to suffer.”

Pérez got deeply depressed after this occurrence and refused to return to school. Her teachers claim that she appeared bored in class, frequently napping through it. As a result, her mother concluded that the traditional education system was not appropriate for Ahara and took her to be evaluated by a therapist.

Despite the family's tough financial circumstances, Adhara's mother desired to prepare daughter for a great future. The therapist assisted her in finding a learning setting that was ideal for Adhara's abilities. After only a few short years, the small girl was able to graduate from high school. She is presently pursuing two degrees, one in systems engineering and the other in industrial engineering with a mathematics concentration. Along with these degrees, she takes courses on astronomy and gravitational waves.

Pérez has written a memoir on her experiences.  "Do Not Give Up" is a colloquial translation of the title. She was also named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico by Forbes México in 2019. She was working on a wristband with molecules at the time to monitor the emotions of children with special needs in order to anticipate and avoid seizures and other complications. 

Because of her personal experiences, Adhana knows the problems that these youngsters face. When she was four, she suffered a severe seizure that nearly put her in a coma. Instead, she was unable to move her hands for a year and was forced to undergo physical treatment.

Pérez has been accepted at the University of Arizona. Meanwhile, Pérez is studying English for the entrance exam and pursuing her passion in astrophysics. She wants to be an astronaut and work for NASA someday.

What’s exactly is a high IQ?

IQ stands for "intelligence quotient." These exams assess people's cognitive ability and potential in areas such as problem solving and reasoning. In a nutshell, it's a test of intelligence (not to be mistaken for a test of knowledge). The average IQ test result is 100. A score of 130 or higher indicates a high IQ, highlighting Adhara Pérez's higher score of 162.

Remember that an IQ test is not the "be all, end all." Many academics disagree with such exams, questioning if IQ can really be assessed. Furthermore, the tests themselves may be inaccurate since the results may be influenced by nutrition, health conditions, culture, environment, and education. A 2010 research discovered that African nations had lower overall scores, calling the veracity of IQ testing into doubt.

IQ levels, in any case, cannot predict a person's life or achievement. Adhara Pérez, on the other hand, appears to have a lot of potential to make the world a better place. We can't wait to watch what she achieves!

Reference(s): People.com, VOGUE, Healthline


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