‘Smarter than Einstein!’ Boy, 12, gets top Mensa score

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Barnaby Swinburn, 12, was accepted into the high IQ society with a figure of 162 – the highest possible score for a boy his age. The mark is thought to show an intelligence level higher than that of physics genius Albert Einstein.

Barnaby was found to be in the top one per cent of people in one test and the highest four per cent in a second.

He is already aiming to study computer programming at Oxford University.

Proud mum Ghislaine, 50, of Bristol, said: “Maths is something Barnaby has always stood out in because he enjoys it – sitting the Mensa test was his idea.

“We don’t push him to do anything – he made all his decisions for himself on this.

“We don’t even have to ask him to do maths homework because he enjoys it so he just does it anyway.

“When we found out his test score I was really pleased for him and he has been very excited about it too.”

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Barnaby’s love for maths began when he was aged four – Ghislaine recalls that he could not sleep because he was “trying to calculate how many seconds are in an hour”.

He told her and his dad Christopher that he wanted to sit a Mensa test so that he could “understand himself better”. She joked: “I told his dad it would go one of two ways – he won’t get in and he’ll be upset or he would get in, and he’d be unbearable because he’d know how smart he is.”

The group welcomes anyone with an IQ which puts them in the top two per cent of the population.

Barnaby has asked his parents to enrol him in programming classes for his birthday next month. But despite his intellect, Ghislaine says that to be her son appears to be the furthest thing from a boffin. He loves sports as well as playing practical jokes.

Ghislaine said: “I work within the NHS and the pandemic has been so negative and stressful so to see Barnaby do well has been something so nice.

“Everything he’s done has been his idea. It’s been a voyage of self-discovery for him and this is just the start.”

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