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Marilyn vos Savant

(August 11,1946)

Marilyn vos Savant is anAmerican newspaper columnist who deals with mathematical and logical puzzles, as well as more traditional self-help advice. Her column Ask Marilyn appears inParade magazine, and she has used it as the basis of two books.

Her adult IQ has been estimated to be 180 using more modern techniques than were available in the 1960s.

Her IQ of 228 has traditionally been billed as the world's highest until 2003, whenSho Yano usurped the title with a figure so high that it is unmeasurable, but beyond 228.

Among mathematicians, vos Savant is best known for publicizing theMonty Hall problem, a probabilistic conundrum concerning the game-show host of that name. Its solution is not obvious and has led to some disagreement even in the mathematical field.

Currently (2004), vos Savant is theChief Financial Officer for Jarvik Hearts, Inc. Her husband isRobert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik-7 and Jarvik 2000 artificial hearts.

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