“HE’S just a normal 14-year-old boy.”

Those are the words of a proud Hampshire dad after his son scored a higher IQ than famous scientists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

Rtvik Patel, who became a pupil at Winchester College last year after earning a scholarship, has now become a member of the famous society for the smart people, Mensa, after achieving the highest possible test score.

He achieved an IQ of 162, earning a place among the top 1% of the population. The average adult has an IQ of 100, while professors Hawking and Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160.

Rtvik’s interest in joining Mensa was sparked when he watched Channel 4’s Child Genius earlier in the year.

He said: “I really didn’t expect to get in but to get the maximum score was incredible.”

Mr Patel, a former doctor, added: “The Mensa test was quite gruelling. I thought to myself, ‘he’s got his work cut out’.

“I had forgotten about it until the letter came. He opened it and his eyes lit up – he said ‘I’ve done it! I’ve done it!’. I was astonished. I didn’t expect much to come of it.”

Last year Rtvik was placed among the top 50 nationally in his age group for maths. He also studies Latin, Greek, French and German, plays the flute and saxaphone, and is a second dan black belt in karate.

When he finishes school, Rtvik’s father says he wants to do something that will make a difference to people’s lives.

But in the short term, Mr Patel, frm Winchester, is aiming for his son to go to Oxbridge.

On seeing the comparison between himself and Professor Hawking, Rtvik said: “It’s not about your IQ, it’s about what you do with you life.”