Boy Genius Diagnosed With Autism Has IQ Higher than Einstein


Kristine Barnett noticed that her little boy Jacob – whom doctors had tagged as autistic – seemed to have a fascination with patterns. So she took him out of his school’s special ed program and let him study the things he’s passionate about. Now Jacob is on his way to winning a Nobel Prize.

Jacob Barnett, who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at 2 years old, is now studying for a master’s degree in quantum physics.

Boy Genius Diagnosed With Autism Has IQ Higher than Einstein

Jacob was silent for much of his childhood. But when he started to speak, he was able to communicate in four different languages.

As a child, doctors told Jacob Barnett’s parents that their autistic son would probably never know how to tie his shoes.

But experts say the 14-year-old Indiana prodigy has an IQ higher than Einstein’s and is on the road to winning a Nobel Prize. He’s given TedX talks and is working toward a master’s degree in quantum physics.

The key, according to mom Kristine Barnett, was letting Jacob be himself — by helping him study the world with wide-eyed wonder instead of focusing on a list of things he couldn’t do.

Diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 2, Jacob spent years in the clutches of a special education system that didn’t understand what he needed. His teachers at school would try to dissuade Kristine from hoping to teach Jacob any more than the most basic skills.

Jacob was struggling with that sort of instruction — withdrawing deeper into himself and refusing to speak with anyone.

But Kristine noticed that when he was not in therapy, Jacob was doing “spectacular things” on his own.

“He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we’ve visited and he would memorize every street,” Kristine told the BBC.

One day, his mom took him stargazing. A few months later, they visited a planetarium where a professor was giving a lecture. Whenever the teacher asked questions, Jacob’s little hand shot up and he began to answer questions — easily understanding complicated theories about physics and the movement of planets.

Jacob was just 3-1/2 years old.

His mom realized that Jacob might need something that the standard special education curriculum just wasn’t giving him.

So Kristine decided to take on the job herself.


“For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals,” Kristine writes in her memoir, “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius.” “But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.”

His IQ rounds out to 170 — higher than that of Albert Einstein. He’s been working on his own theory of relativity. Professors at Princeton’s Institute for Advance Study were impressed.

“The theory that he’s working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics,” astrophysics Professor Scott Tremaine wrote to the family in an email.

“Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize.”

Warner Bros. has snatched up movie rights to Jacob’s story. Kristine and her son have embarked on a European book tour, but hope to have some time to rest by July.

“My goal for the summer is just to give him a few weeks off,” Kristine told the Indianapolis Monthly. “The last time he had that was when he came up with the alternative theory to the Big Bang. So who knows what he’ll create?”


12 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    People are remarkable when allowed the freedom to excel in their passions.

  2. ravenmaven says:

    Intelligence is more than raw IQ. I read recently that high IQ is a mutant gene. EQ is very important to balance the high IQ.

    • Gabe says:

      Hey ravenmaven,
      Jealousy is unbecoming. Celebrate the kid, will you?
      So pathetic it is that you feel a need to try to somehow diminsh him with you comments that suggest that somehow there is something we might find that leaves him lacking.
      Get a life

  3. Elaine says:

    Roger Sperry won the Nobel Prize for proving that the “Mind has Causal Potency.”
    How does this apply to all of us?
    This child just proved it. Intelligence as we think of it at present is more liquid or pliable that we believed according to psychologists, and teachers.

    He is explaining a different and more expanded way to access our intelligence. Teachers have years have taught us to memorize. IF the memory is NOT connected to other related subjects, the average person won’t remember the contents and toss it as junk mail or information.

    • Elaine says:

      Four years ago, two capillaries broke in my brain due to a fall down some stairs. The back of my head hit 4 steps on the front porch. While in the hospital, the doctor told me to gather all of my minister, my friends and relatives because I was diagnosed with Dementia which within two years would move into ALZ within a year! Leaving the hospital, I knew the town I lived in but didn’t know the way home. Nothing looked familiar to me..landmarks that I had passed by for 26 years–memories gone. Thank God the cab drive knew how to get me home.

      Of course, I went into anxiety and depression.,..UNTIL I got angry! I had to accept the realities. My brain was damaged but then I remembered something about a book in my library. I began thumbing through all of my books….Then I found it!!!…Roger Sperry’s work. Yes, my left brain was damaged so I decided to re-build my memories and learning processes by using the “right brain” (imagination, curiosity). I looked for days at my old family photo albums and began re-building my memories using imagination, deliberately allowing emotions, feelings to motivate the healing to piecing history back together.

      Of all places to go to get me back to “re-learning” in the present day, I got back on Yahoo Buzz (blogging). I sat there for two weeks, just reading. This is the strange part. Reading about Obama as though it was the first time…I gathered the very same opinions I must have had before. The man is a traitor.

      • 5 War Veteran says:

        Excellent Elaine! Thank you for sharing.

        Never take a doctors word. In 1996 I was diagnosed with ALS by the VA. A three year terminal diagnosis.
        I am still here and in better condition than then. Actually NOT listening to doctors has improved my life immensely.

        • Elaine says:

          What did you think or feel in the beginning right after the doctor talked to you?

          Bless Your Heart! They just do NOT understand that all of us do NOT worship them like some kind of demi-gods. People and even doctors forget, the Human Mind is absolutely amazing and like a computer, we “make the commands” what we want to have done. The subconscious will begin searching the brain like a Google Search (lol) following the “conscious instruction” to do so.
          And, Yes, Patrick, you are 100% right!

          • 5 War Veteran says:

            after 22 years and 5 wars I thought “This guy is full of shit.” At the time they had me on 19 meds. So I started doing research and found that more than half was for “side effects” caused by the others. I realized the reason they called it a medical “practice” because they were “practicing” on me.
            I weaned myself off most of the meds and was down to 5 then last year my heart ans shoulders stared hurting. I thought is was arthritis because my body is filled with arthritis. They gave me a “nuclear stress test” and said my heart was fine, but the damned thing hurt just sitting there. I asked why and this is what they said. “Some peoples hearts just hurt.” WTF? They were ready to prescribe me a power wheel chair because I could not push mine any more.
            So I started researching and learned that the statin drugs they were giving me for “high cholesterol” actually rob the muscles of much needed cholesterol, rhabdomylosis. It reduces CO Q 10 in the muscles as well.
            So I stopped the statin drugs and within 2 months the shoulder pain went away and a week later the heart pain went away and by the third month the back pain dropped 5 points. I actually can get out of the chair and walk. The muscles have atrophied so I am working my way out of the chair though some of the muscle damage is permanent.
            Effing doctors and their anal diagnoses put me in the chair and kept me there for 17 years.
            Now I take MSM I buy in bulk and capsulize myself and the arthritis is reducing. I can hold a rifle now and do competition shooting once more. My arms do not kill me after fishing and I hope to get back into my wood shop this year.
            I also learned that my breathing problems, (diagnosed with emphysema) coughing up goo for an hour each day and treated with antibiotics which did not work. was brought on by a combination of the meds so I started buying L- Glutamine a necessary amino acid and capsulize it as well, Now I cough only once a week for about 30 seconds and the lungs clear. I learned that trick from my father in law John who had severe emphysema.

            Compared to what the VA had me living like I am doing amazingly well. The active duty doctors got me started on being sick for the rest of my artificially shortened life and I got myself off.

            Do not become a part of their practice. Now in many cases I know more about these things than most of the doctors I meet and yes I did have some med school to boot. Eating healthy, avoiding carbs and refined sugars as well as GMOs has done me wonders. I have even reduced the pain meds by half.

      • Gabe says:

        In 1975 I had a severe frontal lobe injury and was able to rebuild my brain without the help of the medical establishment. I found a way to build my memory capacity by using analogies for all the science courses I decided to take. Ended up tutoring my classmates by the third year post injury. Just goes to show!!!!!

  4. 5 War Veteran says:

    Perhaps junk DNA is not so much “junk” after all?

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