Essex girl has higher IQ than Einstein

February 12, 2013 | by | 16 Comments

A “ditzy” blonde TOWIE fan was today revealed as the brainiest Essex girl ever – with an IQ higher than Einstein.

Super-intelligent Lauren Marbe, 16, stunned teachers by scoring 161 on the Mensa brain test after she was entered with other pupils from her school for fun.

The “normal” teenager loves fake tanning, blonde highlights, manicures and getting glammed up for TOWIE parties with her pals.

Lauren Marbe, 16, from , Essex, who has an IQ of 161 which is smarter than Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking

Lauren Marbe, 16, from , Essex, who has an IQ of 161 which is smarter than Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking

She is the daughter of black cab driver and dreams of one day being a performer in the West End – like Essex celebrity Denise Van Outen.

But her amazing brain test score means she is now officially smarter than Prof Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and even Albert Einstein – who all have an IQ of 160.

Brainbox Lauren has been enrolled in prestigious high-IQ society Mensa, which means she is officially in the top one per cent of cleverest people in the world.

The schoolgirl, who is already predicted straight A’s and A*’s for her GCSE’s, yesterday (Tues) said she was delighted to have “blown away” the Essex stereotype.

Lauren, of Loughton, Essex, said: “It was such an achievement and I got a bit tearful to tell you the truth.

“I was one of the last people to get my result and everybody before me had got around the 130 mark so that was the kind of result I was expecting.

“My teachers knew I was quite clever because of my grades but they had always thought I was blonde and a bit ditzy.

“Now they keep saying ‘I didn’t realise you were that clever’.”

The teenager, who loves to look “reem,” or great, added: “I am blonde, I do wear make-up and I do go out.

“I love my fake tan and fake nails as well so I guess I am a bit of an Essex girl in that sense.

“I watch TOWIE and I love the programme, it’s addictive but now most people do seem to think that’s what everyone in Essex is like.

“I love living in Essex and I’m glad that I might be able to show people that we aren’t all ditzy and blonde.”

Lauren, a pupil at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, Essex, took the Mensa-accredited IQ test earlier this month along with other high acheivers at her school.

The dedicated pupil – head girl of her primary school and currently a prefect – was already considered bright after scoring a double A* in her science GCSE, which she took a year early.

But she was stunned when she received her results, showing she has a higher IQ than some of the world’s greatest minds.

She is now aiming to take A-Levels in art, physics and maths after her GCSEs, this summer, and would love to study architecture degree at the University of Cambridge.

But talented Lauren admits she is torn between her academic ability and pursuing her dream of becoming a professional singer and dancer.

The prodigal teenager has already performed in the West End for two years as part of the chorus for Andrew Lloyd Webber smash-hit Joseph, with Lee Mead, from 2007.

Lauren, who lives with her family in a £350,000 semi-detached house, still takes dance classes and singing lessons, records music and takes part in Stage One drama school.

Her proud parents, father David Marbe, 45, a London cabbie, and mother Sue Marbe, 45, deputy head of a primary school, say they will be happy whichever path their gifted daughter chooses.

The baffled couple also admitted they have no idea where their daughter’s super brains come from.

Mum Sue Marbe, 45, said: “Living in this area there is a lot of pressure to be the stereotypical Essex girl but she has a a real nice support from the other girls.

“Most of the time Essex gets a bit of a negative press. People think all girls are blonde and all girls are dim.

“Lauren is blonde but it does seem like she has shaken the stereotype that all Essex girls are stupid.

“She does love TOWIE but she sees it as what it is. A lot of the young people in Essex think that it is one of the only ways to be successful.

“Lauren and her friends aren’t as bad as some of the girls in the area but they do like to dress up and look good.

“Essex girls are all well groomed and Lauren isn’t any different. Her and her friends like to go out and get dressed up in nice clothes.

“There’s nothing wrong with the TOWIE cast and everyone in Essex loves the programme but its just nice for us all to get a good reputation for academic success for a change.”

Mum said: “Obviously I am really proud. I am quite shy and I don’t like boasting but I am really pleased that she has done so well.

“All her teachers have been coming up to her and saying they didn’t realise how intelligent se actually was.

“I don’t know who she got it from. Me and my husband should get tested as well.”

Headteacher of Roding Valley High School – a specialist performing arts college –  said: “In a time where the media and Government criticise our youth for their supposed ignorance and superficiality it is even more vital to celebrate and encourage intelligence.

“It is these bright young things which we hope – with the guidance of a good education – will become the future leaders of our society.”

Einstein himself never took an IQ test as none of the modern intelligence tests existed during the course of his life.

But experts have believed for a number of years now that the iconic scientist had an IQ of around 160 – just short of Essex’s brightest teen.

The Calculated IQ Estimates for 301 Historic Geniuses published by American Psychologist Catherine Cox Miles has calculated the IQ of Einstein and a number of other historic figures.

The IQ test is designed to test a range of abilities to determine the level of intelligence of the student – in the UK the average score is 100.

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  1. Robert says:

    IQ tests “favor” the young. “Girl smarter than Einstein” may make for good headlines, but I’m smart enough (my IQ is in the “gifted” range) to know that comparing apples to oranges doesn’t mean much. Let’s see how she does when she’s 30.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Congratulation Louren from Bhutan for your highest IQ of 161 score. I am so thrilled and wish you all the best. I have every hope that you will make your intelligence will have and find every possible way to help support poorest of the poor in the world.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein have never had their IQ’s tested. Sensationalized reporting at work!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Who’s yo daddy ?????

  5. Morten Øen says:

    Before I start, excuse my bad English, as I am Norwegian native speaker, but to the point:

    This is ridiculous and not worthy of being called journalism. You have got the facts wrong, as you are comparing different IQ scores from different IQ scales. It is like comparing measures switching randomly between feet and metres.

    Mensa UK & Ireland uses an IQ test called Cattell III B, giving IQ scores scaled with a standard deviation of 24 (SD 24). As the SD 24 scale, as all IQ scales, has a norm of IQ 100, this gives IQ 100 as base and 24 IQ point for each standard deviation from the norm. With IQ 161 this is just a tiny bit over 2.5 standard deviations from the norm, with IQ 100 + (2.5 × 24) = IQ 160.

    Not unusual at all, as 1 in 200 of the population got at lest that level or better. With a population of 63 mill. inhabitants in the UK there are nearly 3.2 mill. inhabitants of the UK with the same or higher IQ level.

    If it is so common, how come Stephen Hawking and presumably Albert Einstein have lower IQ scores then? Simply because they have IQ scores given with a different IQ scale. Most sources use an IQ scale based with a standard deviation given as 15 (SD 15). The norm is the same, set as IQ 100. Each standard deviation adds (or subtracts) 15 IQ points from the norm with each standard deviation from the norm.

    With this girls IQ being 161 with SD 24, being (a tiny bit more than) 2.5 standard deviations, this gives the following IQ score with SD 15: IQ 100 + (2.5 × 15) = IQ 138 (rounded to nearest whole point).

    This is considerably lower than the IQ of Stephen Hawking and the presumed IQ of Albert Einstein.

    • Morten Øen says:

      Sorry, not 3.2 millins, but 0.32 millions or 320,000, if you like.

    • Olav Hoel Dørum says:

      It gets worse. There are reasons to doubt Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein have taken any proper standardized tests (other than scholastic aptitude tests which has common traits, but are not IQ-tests per see). I have, however, found both theirs names, among other famous scientists, inventors, political and spiritual leaders, on sites that publishes estimated IQ-scores. What these estimations are founded on I do not know. Most likely not anything that would hold up against more valid, presumably up to date, ways to quantify human intelligence. They are dealing out sky-high-IQ’s as if it were water.

      Even if this young lady has, just for the sake of the argument, a cognitive capacity greater than Albert Einstein this alone is not a sensation. It’s like writing an article about a man than owns a car with an engine more powerful than those found in most of all the other cars. It does not make him a more skilled driver. What matters is the final results, your accomplishments, not the theoretical capacity for doing so.

    • Nenad says:

      I agree with you, mate, I got irritated by all the articles about her in Serbia too, so I had to check the STD used.
      If it really is 24 as you say, her score is, indeed nothing to write articles about, as I know a dozen of people that got higher than that (including me and my best friend, 143 and 140 Wechsler, respectively).
      As far as i know, Einstein is reported to have ~160 Wechsler which is like 196 Catell. Nowhere near Einstein, if you ask me…

  6. Afshin Nejat says:

    Note that the title of the book she is holding is an anagram for “Goyim” (counting the round part of the “Q” as an “O”).

  7. Jess says:

    This is truly ridiculous – calling someone “highly intelligent” or worse, “smarter than the greatest minds in the world,” all based on an IQ test, is meaningless. Soo, can she calculate PI to the 20th degree, or write a bestseller? Just because someone gets a huge IQ score doesn’t mean they’re smart, it is a number. Einstein DIDN’T get tested, because those things didn’t exist when he was living, so how can you say “oh, she’s smarter than Einstein because of this score.” What’s it mean? It means she knows how to take a test. Which, by the way, is a pretty good skill – it’s also a skill that a ton of highly intelligent people have difficulty with.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I got really annoyed at this, yes she got a high IQ but why did she get all the publicity I did the same test and got the same result when I was 14 and got no publicity whatsoever whereas this girl is all over the internet and even appeared on TV.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of jealous philistines commenting here. Congrats to the girl and all her hoopla. Let’s see how it goes for her down the road shall we. Maybe she will make some contributions to society and the world, not such drivel as seen here on this page, eh? Now, get back to work, all of ya’!

  10. S Cowell says:

    The fact is though, most celeb magazines target gullible and insecure teenagers, to brainwash them into admiring the orange half wits selling interviews about a handbag a footballer bought them, so they keep buying the rubbish It seems sad if intelligent girls are starting to like that trash too.

  11. Anonymous says:

    she went to my school

  12. 157SD15 says:

    If she was actually intelligent, she would have prevented the publication of an article like this.

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