Intellectual Benefits to Society Award winners

2019: Mayank Kejriwal

Mayank Kejriwal, 2019 Intellectual Benefits to Society Award winner

For only the second time, the accomplishments of a single nominee have earned that Mensan two Mensa Foundation awards. The Foundation is proud to recognize Dr. Mayank Kejriwal’s work using AI to identify and prevent sexual exploitation with both the 2019 Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement and Intellectual Benefits to Society Award.

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2018: David Ilan

David Ilan, 2018 Intellectual Benefits to Society Award winner

Recognizing his work to build excitement about STEM education through his STEM Pointillism Project, we're proud to bestow David Ilan with the Mensa Foundation's 2018 Intellectual Benefits to Society Award.

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2017: Harold Lyon

Harold Lyon, 2017 Intellectual Benefits to Society Award winner

Dr. Harold Lyon is being recognized for his decades-long career in the field of education, specifically his work in governance and policy-setting in the field of gifted children.

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2014: Rhoda Erhardt

Rhoda Erhardt of Maplewood, Minn., is the 2014 recipient of the Intellectual Benefits Award for her work developing a program to better identify disability in early childhood.

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2013: Matthew Guggemos

2013: Matthew Guggemos

The Mensa Education & Research Foundation is proud to announce Matthew Guggemos, of San Francisco, Calif., as the 2013 winner of the Intellectual Benefit to Society Award.

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2012: Elizabeth Claire

Elizabeth Claire, 2012 Intellectual Benefits Award winner

Elizabeth Claire of Virginia Beach, Va., is the 2012 recipient of the Intellectual Benefits Award, an annual tribute to one member of American Mensa whose intellectual abilities resulted in a substantial benefit to society.

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2011: Raymond G. Taylor, Ph.D

Dr. Raymond G. Taylor, 2011 Intellectual Benefit to Society Award winner

Dr. Raymond G. Taylor of Pemaquid, Maine, received the Intellectual Benefit to Society Award in recognition of his creation of the first integrated planning system for schools and communities.

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2007: Dr. Deborah Ruf

Dr. Deborah Ruf, 2007 Intellectual Benefit to Society Award winner

The Intellectual Benefits Award for 2007 was presented to Minneapolis resident Dr. Deborah Ruf based on her extensive work with gifted children and adults.

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2006: Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht won the inaugural award based on his book Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success.

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