Thursday, October 18, 2012

Indian Origin Fabiola Mann, the Next Gen Einstein

Fabiola Mann, a 15-year-old London teen with Goan roots has beaten Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking with her IQ score. Her Mensa IQ score of 162 has put her in the top 1 percent of world's intelligent people, two points above the 160 scored by the scientific greats, reported Karsten Miranda for TNN. Mensa was founded in 1946 as a society for intelligent people.

Fabiola said in an email "I had heard about Mensa and so decided to take their test." Being inclined towards puzzles, she begged her parents to apply for the test and paid the fee.

Fabiola was awarded her membership certificate by Mensa in August this year. She says she did not expect the score. She had to wait for a month for her scores instead of the usual two weeks as the results were lost in transit.

She said that "The questions were slightly more confusing (from the practice IQ tests online) and we did not have much time to do them, so I could not really tell how I was doing," as reported by TOI. Fabiola wishes to study medicine at Cambridge University and become a surgeon as she likes the idea of helping people. Her father Anthony was born in England and is a lecturer. Her mother Rene, a Margao resident who moved to London after marriage, said, "Obviously I had heard about Mensa and genius IQ level children, but I'm amazed that my own daughter is one," as reported by TOI.

In an interview it was observed that "162 is the highest possible score anyone can achieve in the UK and European test".

When asked what the Mensa membership means to Fabiola, Rene was quoted saying to TOI "People keep asking me the same thing, and to be honest I don't know. Hopefully it will mean an entry into the best universities and later job opportunities."

Fabiola is talented and has a purple belt in karate, learns taekwondo, chess and music too. She plays the piano and the guitar and as per her peers has an amazing voice. She is also presently working on a novel.

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