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© Provided by Daily Mail Four-year-old Izaak Miller (pictured with his mother and father) has an IQ of 154 – the top one per cent for his age range – and passed the admission test for the prestigious intelligence club aged three before being accepted last month
A toddler has become a member of Mensa aged four and already knows all 50 American states and the alphabet in three languages.
Talented Izaak Miller, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, has an IQ of 154 – the top one percent for his age range – and passed the admission test for the prestigious intelligence club aged three before being accepted last month, when his letter arrived on April 24.
It is thought that both physicist Albert Einstein and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had an IQ of 160, although neither men completed a standard formal test.
Izaak taught himself to read books at the age of two and can write the English, Greek and Arabic alphabet – despite having no Greek or Arabic heritage.
Mother Michelle Nelson, 32, said ‘he just loves language’ and has already asked for books of the Russian alphabet.
Izaak has a reading age of seven and maths skills usually seen in the average six-and-a-half-year-old. He learned the Greek and Arabic alphabet by teaching himself from YouTube videos.
The elite group Mensa welcomes people whose IQ is in the top two percent of the population. Most people score between 85 and 115 points, while only two percent of the world population get above 130.
Ms Nelson, a secondary school teacher, said: ‘Izaak is my only child so going through the process of parenting I was shocked that one day he could just read.
‘It was more from being outside with him and him reading signs on the bus and the Underground, reading names of stations and reading instructions on posters.
‘People were looking at him and asking whether he was at school because they couldn’t believe a child that young could read. Every time I walk out the house someone compliments him.’
Ms Nelson has an eight-year-old step-daughter, Layla Miller, but raised her from when the youngster was three-years-old, so did not know what to expect during Izaak’s early years.
Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer.
The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top two per cent of the population.
Albert Einstein apparently had an IQ of 160, while former US presidents Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin and Bill Clinton also racked up very high IQs – mustering 128, 160 and 137 respectively.
Napoleon Bonaparte scored 145 and Sigmund Freud had a score of 156.
Children under the age of 10-and-a-half can join Mensa by submitting prior evidence of their IQ score being in the top two percent.
Adults and children over the age of 10-and-a-half, take the Mensa Supervised IQ Test.
The youngest person to ever join British Mensa was Elise Tan Roberts in 2009 aged 2 years and four months.
Izaak can also count to 10 in Spanish, knows all the planets in order, and spends time putting alphabet blocks by corresponding items, such as ‘A’ next to his ‘aquarium.’
Ms Nelson added: ‘I had to tell the nursery [about his Arabic] – they thought he was writing nonsense! They couldn’t believe it because none of them know that alphabet.’
Izaak took the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence test with educational psychologist Dr Peter Congdon.
Dr Congdon recommended he gets tested again in two to four years to see how his IQ improves.
His report described Izaak as ‘a child of very superior general intelligence and scholastic attainments to match’.
Because Mensa’s tests can not be applied to under 10-year-olds, they must take an independent assessment beforehand as prior evidence for the application.
‘[Izaak] likes to ask questions and act like a teacher,’ Ms Nelson added. In lockdown he has been performing science experiments, creating volcanoes with bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and food colouring, for instance.
She said: ‘It is exhausting – especially with lockdown – but rewarding. Every time I look at him I feel nothing but pride.
‘People say to me he is going to go on to do fantastic things. I have high aspirations for him. I know he can achieve and do great things.’
Ms Nelson said people often assume his intelligence is because she is a teacher and picked up her love of learning.
‘People thought I was homeschooling him but I wasn’t,’ she added. ‘He picks up everything like a sponge.’
She said her and Izaak’s dad Jon Miller, 31, an engineer, don’t know where his love of learning came from – but just try to stop him getting restless.
‘I teach children myself and the one worry for me, especially with boys, is that he doesn’t get bored,’ she said.
‘He has the tendency to be lazy and I don’t want him to be that cool kid where he feels it’s not cool to be smart and suddenly he becomes lazy.’
For his birthday he asked for a telescope, and his mother insisted he has no interest in toys or films like Marvel or Spiderman.
‘There is no point trying to encourage him to play with these toys – he isn’t interested,’ she said.
And despite his brains she insisted he retains a ‘great sense of humor’, telling jokes like: ‘Where does a cow hang its paintings? In a moo-seum.’
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