The news ‘In top league: 12-year-old British girl has higher IQ than Einstein’ published on the front page of ‘Deccan Herald’ dated 05-10-2012 came as a shock to me because the image of the genius I have carried so far is just the opposite. A brooding philosopher in the garb of a mere scientist, not in a haste to prove to the world how intelligent he was but always curious about the phenomena in the universe which others took for granted. His passion lied in unravelling the mysteries of the universe, not in achieving academic excellence. According to his biographers he was not very good in studies and he always regretted his average memory power. Moreover there is nothing on record to say that his IQ was 160. It is all hunch and done posthumously. It is a pity that Einstein is always equated with the so called ‘bright students’ who are good in mugging up, matching a set of questions to a set of answers (so, go by the guide, never read the text book!) and who master the art of excelling in exams! His was not an intelligence which the simple IQ tests can reveal so easily. To assess the intelligence of Einstein, the world needed another one, who could device a novel testing method! Unfortunately, like the speed of light, Einstein’s intelligence seems to be the limit of human intellect!
For your reference I have cut and pasted content from the website www.einstein-website.de which reads as follows:
As far as we know today, Albert Einstein has never done any IQ test. Thus his IQ is unknown!
In the 20ies scientists had tried to estimate the IQ of deceased personalities such as Mozart (1756-1791) and Goethe (1749-1832) by means of biographic data; thus they wanted to estimate Albert Einstein’s IQ, too. The value estimated for Einstein was between 160 and 180. But this rough estimation can not count as Einstein’s IQ!