Marilyn vos Savant

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Born: 11 August 1946, St. Louis, Missouri

Born Marilyn Mach, the daughter of immigrants; her father from Germany and her mother from Italy. She is a descendent of physicist Ernst Mach. At age ten her IQ was tested and the result was calculated as 228, although the calculation that led to that result was contrary to the rules of the Stanford-Binet test. She submitted articles to her local newspaper as a teenager under a pseudonym. She studied philosophy at Washington University at St Louis for two years but left to work in a family investment business, hoping to make enough money so she could pursue a career in writing. She moved to New York City in the 1980s, writing the Omni I.Q. Quiz Contest for Omni, then submitted her early IQ score to Guinness Book of Records, which listed her as the highest IQ from 1985 until 1989 when they discontinued the category. Parade magazine ran a feature about her, followed by her answers to several readers' questions. This led to the "Ask Marilyn" column which has run in Parade ever since. In 1987 she married Robert Jarvik, inventor of two artificial hearts, and she serves as Chief Financial Officer of Jarvik Heart, Inc. At some point she concluded that girls should take their mother's surnames and boys should take their father's, and that they should not change with marriage, thus her current name. She continues to write, having published four books, largely based on the "Ask Marilyn" column, and as a speaker she was named by Toastmasters as one of the "Five Outstanding Speakers of 1999".

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