If someone is asked who’s the most intelligent person to have existed on the earth, then quickly, Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking cross our mind. But, meet the young student Kashmea Wahi, who has joined the league of top 1 per cent of the world’s smartest.
This 11-year-old Indian-origin girl in the UK has achieved the top possible score of 162 on a IQ test of Mensa, becoming one of the youngest and brainiest students in the country. Mumbai-born Kashmea Wahi achieved the top score of 162 out of 162. Both Hawking and Albert Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160. Kashmea, the daughter of IT management consultants Vikas and Pooja Wahi, who work at the Deutsche Bank in London, took the test to prove a point to her parents.
“It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein; the comparison is implausible and I believe it would take loads of achievements for anyone like myself to be able to get into the league of such legends. Anyway, I am buzzing with excitement,” Kashmea said.
The Cattell III B Mensa test is a well-known international evaluation process and Kashmea stumbled upon it while browsing on her iPad. Cattell III B has 150 questions, often assessing comprehension through passages of texts, with the maximum achievable score being 161 for adults, and 162 for under-18s. The high achiever at school felt it would be a good way to convince her parents to get off her case for not being buried in her books for long hours.
“We are ecstatic at Kashmea’s Mensa achievement. Although we always believed she had the intellectual prowess, the acknowledgement is reassuring that she does possess the ability, the energy, which if well channelised, can lead to something wonderful,” her parents said.
The student of Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School, in west London, was instrumental in her school team making it to third place in the Oxford Maths challenge last year. She also loves net ball, plays competitive lawn tennis and has competed in national level chess tournaments going on to win medals and trophies. “I can confirm that Kashmea is one of the youngest to achieve 162 in the supervised test as it can only be taken by people over the age of 10 and a half,” a Mensa spokesperson confirmed.
This article was originally published in indiatoday.