Founder Lancelot Ware
Lancelot Ware
Born5 June 1915
Mitcham, Surrey
Died15 August 2000 | Age 85

Roland Berrill, Lance Ware - 1946

Mensa was founded in England on the 1 October 1946 by Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister.

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They met on a train in Surrey just after WWII had ended and they discussed the idea of forming a society for very intelligent people, the only qualification for membership being a high IQ.


Founder Roland Berrill
Roland Berrill
Died1962 | Age 65


Mensa is the oldest society for people with a high IQ (Intelligence quotient). They used 'Mensa' from Latin for ‘table’ to symbolise that the group was like a round table where no one had precedence..

One of the objectives of the society is to
  • identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity.

Mensa is non-political and free from racial or religious distinctions. To join the club involves passing IQ tests and achieving an accepted score on the Culture Fair test of at least 132, or 148 on the Cattell test.


Mensa International has around 130,000 members in 100 countries.

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