Autistic Ggirl with IQ higher than Einstein earns Masters degree at age 11
Adhara Pérez Sánchez, who hails from Mexico City, is a very special 11-year-old.
With an IQ higher than Albert Einstein, she will be receiving a master's degree in engineering.
Sanchez graduated in systems engineering from the CNCI University and an industrial engineering degree specializing in mathematics from the Technological University of Mexico.
Her IQ score is reported to be 162, which is higher than Einstein's.
The 11-year-old prodigy is also a public speaker and hopes one day to be an astronaut.
Despite being bullied in school for being autistic, she completed her elementary school at the age of five and graduated from middle and high school just a year later.
With dreams of one day making it to NASA, she is now working with the Mexican Space Agency by promoting space exploration and mathematics to young students.
Sanchez, who grew up in a low-income neighbourhood, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three after her speech was regressed.
In a Marie Claire interview, Sanchez’s mother revealed how she began to withdraw after she was bullied by her classmates for her condition. She also said her teachers didn't seem to care.
"The teachers were not very empathetic, they told me that I wish she would finish an assignment. She began to exclude herself, she did not want to play with her classmates, she felt strange, different," said Sanchez's mother, Nayeli Sánchez.
"She could be at school for a while but then she couldn't, she fell asleep, she didn't want to do things anymore. She was very depressed, people did not have empathy, they made fun of her," the mother added.
As a result of the unfavourable conditions, Sanchez had to change schools three times.
But her spark remained intact. The mother noticed that Sanchez was able to memorise the periodic table in full and had even taught herself algebra.
Having assumed that her daughter was just bored, she enrolled her in therapy.
At that point, the therapist recognised the spark of genius in Sanchez and advised theCenter for Attention to Talent (CEDAT), a school for gifted children, to take her in.
The school confirmed that Sanchez's IQ was highter than both Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
"I want to go to space and colonize Mars. If you don’t like where you are, imagine where you want to be. I see myself at NASA, so it’s worth a try," the 11-year-old told Goalcast.