Intertel (previously the International Legion of Intelligence[1]) is a high-IQ society founded in 1966, that is open to those who have scored at or above the 99th percentile (top 1%) on one of various standardized tests of intelligence.[2] It has been identified as one of the notable high-IQ societies established since the late 1960s with admissions requirements that are stricter and more exclusive than Mensa.[3]

Intertel Society Logo and Insignia.png
FounderRalph B. Haines
TypeHigh IQ society
Official language

History and goalsEdit

Intertel was founded in 1966 by Ralph Haines,[4][5] following the example of Roland Berrill and Lancelot Ware (founders of Mensa), who wanted to create an association adapted to the gifted needs without any specific restriction of admission (with the exception of a minimum IQ). Intertel thus became the second oldest organization of this kind, Mensa being the first.

The name "Intertel" derives from International Legion of Intelligence, and its members are still known as "Ilians".

The organizations counts with three goals, stated in its constitution:[6]

  • Encouraging a meaningful and lasting intellectual fellowship.
  • Fostering an exchange of ideas on any and all subjects among persons throughout the world with a proven high intelligence.
  • Assisting in research on matters relating to high intelligence.

Organization and activitiesEdit

Intertel is divided into seven regions, with the majority being in North America. Region VI, also known as International, includes members from the rest of the world.[6]

With over 1,400 members from more than 30 nations,[6] Intertel publishes a journal called Integra ten times a year, to which all Ilians can submit content. In addition, Region Directors publish quarterly regional newsletters, and members of the society organize local activities and exchanges besides interacting regularly via email, online forums or videoconferencing. An annual gathering is held each summer.[6]

Aligned with one of the goals stated in its constitution, Intertel's members also participate on research on high intelligence.[7][8]


  1. ^ "A Short (and Bloody) History of the High I.Q. Societies". Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  2. ^ "The Quick 10: 10 High I.Q. Societies I'll Never Get Into". Mental Floss. 13 May 2008.
  3. ^ Schregel, Susanne (December 2020). "'The intelligent and the rest': British Mensa and the contested status of high intelligence". History of the Human Sciences. 33 (5): 12–36. doi:10.1177/0952695120970029. S2CID 227187677.
  4. ^ "High IQ Societies - 99th Percentile (1 person in 100)". Archived from the original on 2015-02-11.
  5. ^ "High IQ society members enjoy activities together".
  6. ^ a b c d "Intertel - Home". Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  7. ^ Storfer, Miles D. (October 1995). "Problems in left-right discrimination in a high-IQ population". Perceptual and Motor Skills. 81 (2): 491–497. doi:10.2466/pms.1995.81.2.491. PMID 8570344. S2CID 220711269.
  8. ^ Storfer, Miles (January 1999). "Myopia, Intelligence, and the Expanding Human Neocortex: Behavioral Influences and Evolutionary Implications". International Journal of Neuroscience. 98 (3–4): 153–276. doi:10.3109/00207459908997465. PMID 10995133.

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