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Chris Leek




Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions.

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Single: Standard Rate: £59.95/71.95 Euro (£5 discount for direct debit payment)

Families: Joint: £24.50/29.40 Euro for second/all subsequent members when first member pays standard rate.

Student: £37.95/45.55 Euro (under 19s, students in full time education and members in receipt of certain state benefits)