AFRICANGLOBE – A two-year-old child prodigy has become the youngest member of British Mensa after taking an intelligence test that ranked him smarter than Barack Obama and David Cameron.
While most toddlers are busy learning to walk and scribbling on walls, child prodigy Adam Kirby enjoys reading Shakespeare, learning Japanese, Spanish and French, and even potty-trained himself.
Adam, from Mitcham, south London, took the Stanford-Binet IQ test and scored 141, 10 points higher that two of the most powerful world leaders and four points short of Genius level, despite not even being able to speak in full sentences yet.
The toddler’s parents Dean, 33, and Kerry-Ann, 31, say they realised their son was different when he’d potty-trained himself after reading a book on the subject aged just one
At 29 months, Adam is able to spell 100 words, has conquered most of his times tables up to 10, has learnt his periodic table, and even mastered a world map puzzle designed for adults.
After he scored so highly in the IQ test he was invited to join British Mensa, the society for those with outstandingly high IQs, and became the youngest boy ever to do so.
The youngest British person ever to join was Elise Tan-Roberts another Black Briton, now six, who joined Mensa aged two years and four months in 2009; Adam joined at two years and five months.
His father, Mr Kirby, an IT consultant from Mitcham, London, said: ‘Adam’s abilities are outstanding and we’ve been actively developing his intelligence since he was 10 weeks old – but we’re certainly delighted for him.
‘While most children are just learning to stand up or crawl Adam was reading books, his development was just mind-blowingly quick.
‘We used to show him cards with the words hippopotamus and rhinoceros on them and he could identify the right animals most of the time.’
The Stanford-Binet exam, originally developed by French psychologist Alfred Binet and revised by Stanford University’s Lewis Terman in 1916, has become renowned for being able to accurately determine a child’s intelligence levels and predict future grades.
Adam’s score of 141 – just four shy of the ‘Genius’ category – puts him head and shoulders above the average Brit’s IQ of 100.
His remarkable level means he becomes only the 19th UK child ever to join Mensa before even going to school.
Mr Kirby said: ‘Neither my wife nor I are Mensa members. We are both bright, but Adam is significantly more advanced at his age than we were.
‘I think the main reason for his rapid development is that we have found effective ways to make learning enjoyable.
‘Adam is able to progress at his own pace whenever he chooses to and in areas of his choosing.