Famous Mensans?

Scott Adams: Creator of Dilbert comic strip seen in over 800 newspapers around the world.dilbert

Isaac Asimov: Prolific American writer, esteemed for his science fiction and for his popular works in all branches of science.

Jean M. Auel: Best-selling author of “Clan of the Cave Bear”, “Valley of Horses”, “The Mammoth Hunters”, “Plains of Passage”, “Shelters of Stone”, and “Land of Painted Caves”. A former technical writer, she turned her attention to fiction, buttressed by much historical and anthropological research, touring areas she was to write about and teaching herself to make stone-age tools.

Roland Berrill: An Australian, he met Lance Ware on a train in England and together they founded Mensa.

Terance Black: Screenwriter of HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt”, syndicated series “Dark Justice” and the feature film Dead Heat.

Richard Bolles: Author of the world’s top selling job-hunting book, “What Color is Your Parachute?” Revised annually, the book has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 228 weeks. He is an ordained Episcopal priest who graduated from Harvard University cum laud with a physics degree.

Sir Cyril Burt

Adrian Cronauer: Radio personality and subject for the movie “Good Morning Vietnam.” Started his radio career at 12 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where he hosted a children’s amateur hour. Worked as a DJ at various radio stations and in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He is also a lawyer. Cronauer was originally attracted to Mensa because of the work they do for gifted children.

Bobby Czyz: A former two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) Cruiserweight Champion. Czyz now commentates on many nationally-broadcasted fights.

Geena Davis: Academy-award winning actress, who has starred in “The Long Kiss Goodnight”, “A League of Their Own”, and “Hero”. Received an Academy Award for her role in “The Accidental Tourist” and an Academy Award nomination for “Thelma & Louise”.geena

Richard Buckminster Fuller

Alfred Hinds

Lucy Irvine

Patricia Prattis Jennings: Pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is the symphony’s first black member and has performed internationally.

Velma Jeremiah: A retired attorney who graduated fourth in her law school class at age 47 and was one of the first women partners in a major Oregon law firm. She is a grandmother, a working standup comic, and past chairwoman of Mensa International.

Maurice Kanbar: Inventor and owner of Skyy Vodka.

Mell Lazarus: Draws syndicated newspaper comic strips “Momma” and “Miss Peach.” President of national Cartoonist Society, he has also published two novels and is now writing his third.

Richard Lederer: A master of the “pun.” Lederer has written dozens of books on word play, is a frequent guest on National Public Radio, and has been a frequent speaker at the American Mensa Annual Gathering.

Janusz Majursky: President of the Polish Film Academy

Henry Milligan: A boxer and a scholar, 1983 National Amateur Heavyweight champion who fought and won against Olympic heavyweight gold medallist Henry Tillman. He once fought Mike Tyson in a televised fight. Milligan recently worked his way through NYU Business School acting in commercials (e.g., for “Sports Illustrated” sneaker phone promotion).

John N. Moore: University of Virginia law professor who specializes in international law. The Kuwaiti Ambassador to the U.S. hired him to help the emirate recover damages inflicted during the August 2, 1990 invasion by Iraq.

Judge Ellen Morphonios: Nicknamed “Maximum Morphonios” for her strict rulings in Florida. Former model and beauty queen (Coconut Harvest Maiden and Miss Southern Florida) and local radio personality, once said she “enjoyed being a sex symbol.” As a young mother and a legal secretary, she passed a Florida exam that allowed her to enter law school without an undergraduate degree.

Barry Nolan: Co-anchor of TV’s syndicated tabloid program “Hard Copy.”

Joyce Carol Oates

Adam Osborne

Donald E. Peterson: Former chairman of Ford Motor Company. Has B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Stanford University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi (honorary engineering society) and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (natural sciences). During his career at Ford, he was involved in the development of two of Ford’s most successful cars–the Mustang and the Maverick–as well as the Mark III and the Fairlane. He is also a high-performance driver, having trained at the school run by retired racing champion Bob Bondurant. Petersen was born on a farm in the Midwest and raised during the Great Depression. Influenced by the hardship and economic instability his family endured, he used his intelligence to pursue a secure life in the corporate environment.

Dr. Julie Peterson: A former Playboy “Playmate,” Peterson is a graduate of Life School of Chiropractic.

Madsen Pirie: President of the Adam Smith Institute, London

Alan Rachins: Actor, portrayed Dharma’s father, Larry, on the comedy series, “Dharma & Greg.” and Douglas Brachman in TV hit “L.A. Law.” He left the Wharton School of Finance against his father’s wishes to pursue an acting career. During the ’60s he was in the cast of “Oh Calcutta,” a highly controversial play where cast members appeared nude on stage.

Gloria La Roche: Captain and instructor for United Airlines. Product of a dysfunctional home, she used intelligence and perseverance to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a pilot.

Dr. Abbie F. Salny: Author of the Mensa “Quiz-a-Day” books and calendars. Dr. Salny is a retired college professor and expert in intelligence who has served as Mensa’s supervising psychologist.

Marilyn vos Savant: Listed in the Guinness Hall of Fame for having the world’s highest recorded I.Q. (228). She is the wife of Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart. She also writes “Ask Marilyn,” a weekly column that appears nationally in “Parade” magazine.

Sir Clive Sinclair: Inventor and chairman of British Mensa for 17 years.

Bob Speca, Jr.: Professional domino toppler. As a high school senior, he originated the “domino toppling” category in the Guinness Book of World Records. He travels internationally doing domino shows and races and has appeared on network TV programs and in commercials. An accomplished athlete, Specta is a veteran of 12 triathlons.

Dr Lance L Ware: One of the two founders of Mensa.

Linda Warwick: Creator and producer of the billboard mega-hit childrens’ videos, “Babymugs!,” and the “Toddler TOGS” series–the fantasy video for highly creative tots.

Deborah Yates: Member of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.


Primary sources for this page:
The Mensa in Deutschland e.V. (MinD) “Bekannte Mensaner” page (no longer available), and
the Prominent Mensans page of Mensa International.

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