12-Year-Old Girl From Gypsy Community May Be One of the Smartest People in the World

This 12-year-old girl scored higher than Einstein on an IQ test -- and she's a Gypsy. Nicole Barr scored a perfect 162, placing her in the top one percent in intelligence. And she proves that brilliance can thrive anywhere, even in a poor community.


The Romani are an itinerant ethnic group living throughout Europe and recently the U.S. "Gypsy" is considered a slur to some, and they have long been associated with crime and poverty. Like many other Romani, Barr lives in a caravan, or trailer.

With this score Barr easily qualified for membership in Mensa, the high IQ society.

And Barr defies the stereotype for Romani. Her father, James, couldn't be prouder about that. "It's nice for us to be in the news for something good for a change," he told Yahoo Parenting. "This shows that it doesn't matter where you come from, anyone can be academically brilliant."

It helps when your family supports your education and when you have access to schools. James Barr was the one who urged his daughter to take the test (he took the test at the same time). And she excels at her local school.

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Helena Mills, head of Burnt Mill Academy, says "she works incredibly hard and has thrown herself into many different activities in her first year with us." Clearly Barr doesn't take her brilliance for granted.

I think that's what makes Barr such an inspiring teen. Not only is she a genius, she's also a hard worker from a humble background. She plans to become a doctor someday. No doubt many, many people will benefit from this young lady's intelligence and efforts.


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