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Child genius with autism has a higher IQ than Albert Einstein

Perez grew up getting bullied by her peers as she was diagnosed with autism and had trouble communicating with them.
UPDATED JUN 27, 2024
Cover Image Source: Facebook | Adhara Maite Pérez Sánchez
Cover Image Source: Facebook | Adhara Maite Pérez Sánchez

Albert Einstein has been widely regarded as the smartest person the world has seen after giving a lifetime to science and discoveries that changed the world. But it seems that he has been left behind by a child genius from Mexico City who earned global acclaim for her triple-digit IQ. When she was 8-years-old, Adhara Sanchez reportedly had an IQ of 162 which is slightly higher than that of Einstein and Stephen Hawking, as per PEOPLE. However, the young girl's intellect also came with its fair share of difficulties.


At the age of 3, Sanchez was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, per Yucatan Times. She had difficulty interacting with people around her since she was a part of the spectrum. Speaking to the news outlet, Sanchez revealed that her peers mocked her at school and would bully her and call her names such as "weirdo" and oddball." "I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up. And they started to chant: 'Oddball, weirdo!'" her mother, Nallely, told the outlet. "And then they started hitting the little house. So I said, I don't want her to suffer."

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As a result of bullying, Sanchez went into a depressive state and refused to attend school anymore. Her teachers claimed that Sanchez would often sleep in the class and showed no interest in her lessons or any other school activities. Nallely, who was aware of her daughter's extraordinary intellect and bright nature at home, decided to take her out of the regular educational plan fit for other kids her age and got her therapy.

At therapy, Sanchez was identified as someone with an extremely high IQ and she was able to move forward in educational environment that met her unique needs. She was able to graduate from elementary school at the age of 5, finished middle school by the age of 6 and high school by 8. According to the California-Mexico Studies Center, Sanchez was only 11 when she enrolled at Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute at the Zacatenco campus. Although the University of Arizona’s President, Robert C. Robbins, invited her to study in the United States, Adhara stayed in Mexico.

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NBC San Diego reported that Sanchez was invited to an event organized by the Institute of Art and Culture (IMAC) in Tijuana where she stunned the audience with her speech. "I'm surprised because how can a little girl know so much more than an adult? She already has two college careers," Karen Alonso, a young girl who attended her presentation, told the outlet. Sanchez also advised people to "not give up." "If people don't like where they are, they need to start planning where you want to be," she said per the outlet.


Sánchez also has two degrees in systems and industrial engineering and she aspired to be an astronaut and work for NASA. While Sánchez waits for the space agency to make an offer, she is collaborating with the Mexican Space Agency as a STEM ambassador, as per California-Mexico Studies Center. The child genius has achieved a lot at an early stage in her life to earn her place among Forbes México's 100 Most Powerful Women. She is also developing a new smart bracelet that can monitor the emotions of differently abled children, anticipating and preventing seizures and other outbursts, per Vogue Mexico.


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