Baku, August 6, AZERTAC
Traveller Nicole Barr, 12, of Harlow, Essex, got 162 in an IQ test – topping geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking by two points.
This puts Nicole, who is from the travelling community and lives in Harlow, Essex, in the top one per cent of intelligent people in the world.
Her mum Dolly Buckland, 34, says she's extremely proud of her. She said: "She's a hard, hard working child. She stays after school for homework club and never misses a day.
"From a young age she's been picking out mistakes in books and magazines. She's a happy, fun-loving girl who is always asking for extra homework.
"She's determined to finish school and go to college and university to be a paediatrician."
Her dad James says her stunning achievement is "the talk of the gypsy community".
The average adult IQ score is 100, whilst a score above 140 is considered to be that of a genius.
Nicole, who is in Year 7, said: "When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected. I was shocked.
"I remember when I was in primary school and I was an angel in a school play, another girl who was playing the other angel didn't turn up so I learnt her lines too."
The schoolgirl, who attends Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow, enjoys reading, singing and drama, and hopes to go on to study to become a doctor.
Her dad James, a 36-year-old gutter cleaner and driveway repairman, is chuffed with the result she received on Thursday last week after taking the test five days previously.
James, who is separated from Nicole's mum Dolly, said: "The story has been going around the gypsy community, particularly on Facebook where it keeps being shared.
© Content from this site must be hyperlinked when used.