Mexico City resident Adhara Pérez has an IQ of 162— higher than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, who each had an IQ of about 160.
The 8-year-old girl was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, according to the Yucatan Times. The developmental disorder that oftentimes causes difficulties with social interaction and communication.
Pérez faced bullying and harassment from the other kids at school. She told the outlet she was ‘made a mockery at school.’ Other students would bully Pérez, calling her names like ‘weirdo’ and ‘oddball.’
”I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up. And they started to chant: ‘Oddball, weirdo!’” her mother, Nallely Sanchez, told the outlet. “And then they started hitting the little house. So I said, I don’t want her to suffer.”
Her mom said that Pérez fell into “intense” depression and stopped wanting to go to school. Teachers said when she did go to class, she would often fall asleep and daydream.
Sanchez was aware of her daughter’s unusual smartness at home and took Pérez to therapy, she told the outlet. Her unusually high IQ was discovered and she was placed into classes according to her abilities.
Pérez’s intelligence made her finish elementary school at five years of age, middle school at six, and high school at eight. She is currently studying two online degrees: Industrial Engineering in Mathematics at UNITEC and Systems Engineering by CNCI, and she dreams of entering the University of Arizona to study astrophysics in the near future, according to The Yucatan Times.
The genius girl has written a book about her experiences (Do Not Give Up) is the rough translation and was recently featured in Forbes México‘s 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico list. She is even working on a smart bracelet that will monitor the emotions of differently-abled children.
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