American Mensa Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have demonstrated their genius through vision and accomplishments.The American Mensa Hall of Fame honors individuals who have demonstrated their genius through remarkable vision and accomplishments. Members of the Hall of Fame have given us new insights, opened up new horizons, or given us a whole new way of looking at our world.

By acknowledging genius, American Mensa seeks to encourage others to be creative and innovative in their thoughts and actions.



Born in the seaport city of Syracuse, Sicily, Archimedes was the greatest mathematician of his age.


The aim of Aristotle's logical treatises (known collectively as the Organon) was to develop a universal method of reasoning by means of which it would be possible to learn everything there is to know about reality.

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Johann Sebastian Bach

Regarded as perhaps the greatest composer of all time, Bach was known during his lifetime primarily as an outstanding organ player and technician.

Buonarroti, Michelangelo
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo was one of the greatest marble sculptors of all time. Quite astonishingly, given the years required to master a craft, he was also one of the greatest painters, architects and poets.

Carver, George Washington
George Washington Carver

Carver's efforts to improve the economy of the South (he dedicated himself especially to bettering the position of African Americans) included the teaching of soil improvement and of diversification of crops.


Confucius, according to Chinese tradition, was a thinker, political figure, educator, and founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought.

Copernicus, Nicolas
Nicolas Copernicus

Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus was the first person to describe the earth as a celestial object that rotates once on its axis each day and that travels around the sun each year.

Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Marie Sklodowska Curie

Curie won Nobel Prizes for both Physics and Chemistry.

da Vinci, Leonardo
Leonardo da Vinci

Artist, scientist, engineer, architect…how do you describe Leonardo da Vinci?

Darwin, Charles
Charles Darwin

The theory of evolution was developed by British naturalist Charles Darwin.

Edison, Thomas
Thomas Edison

One of the world’s most prolific inventors, Thomas Edison held more than 1,000 patents.

Einstein, Albert
Albert Einstein

It’s hard to think about Einstein without thinking, E=mc2. Indeed, the German-born physicist is best known for his theory of relativity.


Greek mathematician whose work, “The Elements” was the standard geometry text for hundreds of years.

Franklin, Benjamin
Benjamin Franklin

The diverse talents of Benjamin Franklin have had far-reaching effects for the world today.

Galilei, Galileo
Galileo Galilei

As an astronomer, mathematician, and physicist, Italian-born Galilei expanded our view of universe.

Gutenberg, Johannes
Johannes Gutenberg

Gutenberg demonstrated genius in a way that touched literally the entire world.

Jefferson, Thomas
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson achieved distinction as a political philosopher, statesman, lawyer, horticulturist, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, inventor and founder of the University of Virginia.

Linnaeus, Carolus
Carolus Linnaeus

Taxonomists, in almost any biological field, have heard of Carolus Linnaeus; his work represents the starting point of binomial nomenclature.

McClintock, Barbara
Barbara McClintock

McClintock's work was well ahead of her time and revolutionized the science of genetics, cancer research and medicine.

Newton, Isaac
Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton is recognized as one of the greatest scientists the world has known.

Pasteur, Louis
Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur was the father of microbiology.


Born in or around Athens, Plato was, by any reckoning, one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating, wide-ranging and influential authors in the history of philosophy.

Shakespeare, William
William Shakespeare

English writer whose 37 plays and 154 sonnets are known worldwide.

Smith, Adam
Smith, Adam

Adam Smith is considered to be the father of modern economics and capitalism; books represent insightful investigations into the motivations and behaviors of people and their effects on society.


Socrates is the founding father of philosophy.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Perhaps the most gifted feminist leader in American history, Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the leading philosopher of the first generation of women's rights activists while raising a family of seven children.

Tesla, Nikola
Nikola Tesla

Electrician Nikola Tesla was the father of the alternating current.

Wright, Orville & Wilbur
Wright, Orville & Wilbur

The Wright brothers catapulted themselves into history in 1903 and further fueled the perception of American ingenuity when they built the first successful airplane.