Meet the 2003 MacArthur Fellows

  • Guillermo Algaze

    Anthropologist and Archaeologist

    illuminating patterns of economic exchange between early Mesopotamian communities to provide new insights into the organization of the world’s first cities.

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  • James J. Collins

    Biomedical Engineer

    identifying abstract principles underlying complex biological phenomena such as motor control during standing and walking.

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  • Lydia Davis

    Writer and Translator

    crafting witty, experimental prose that celebrates the complexity of life’s most ordinary moments and the nuances of plain, precise language.

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  • Erik D. Demaine

    Computer Scientist and Mathematician

    tackling and solving difficult problems related to folding and bending—moving readily between the theoretical and the playful, with a keen eye to revealing the former in the latter.

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  • Corinne Dufka

    Human Rights Investigator

    combining skills as photojournalist and social worker to bring media attention, humanitarian aid, and legal order to Sierra Leone, one of the most war-ravaged and ignored places on earth.

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  • Peter H. Gleick

    Water Conservation Specialist

    demonstrating the key role of fresh water resources at the intersection of global ecology, economy, and politics.

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  • Osvaldo Golijov

    Composer

    drawing on the rhythms and melodies of his Latin and Jewish heritages to create a sense of wonder and delight at the possibilities of contemporary classical music.

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  • Deborah Jin

    Physicist

    exploring the mysteries of quantum mechanics by cooling atoms to the lowest possible temperatures.

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  • Angela Johnson

    Writer

    underscoring the universal in stories about adoption, care of elderly family members, and death.

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  • Tom Joyce

    Blacksmith

    exploring the expressive qualities of metal, transforming the ancient craft into a twenty-first-century artform.

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  • Sarah H. Kagan

    Gerontological Nurse

    revising, through clinical research, mentorship, and personal example, standards and practices for delivering health care to older adults suffering from cancer.

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  • Ned Kahn

    Artist and Science Exhibit Designer

    recasting such forces as wind, water, and fire into forms that convey both the order and chaos of the natural world.

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  • Jim Yong Kim

    Public Health Physician

    formulating new and successful models for treating and containing major diseases in the poorest regions of the world.

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  • Nawal M. Nour

    Obstetrician and Gynecologist

    creating the first practice in the United States to address the medical and emotional needs of female immigrants who have been ritually circumcised.

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  • Loren H. Rieseberg

    Botanist

    using research on sunflowers to explore the oldest and most vexing problem in evolutionary biology—how new species originate.

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  • Amy Rosenzweig

    Chemist

    revealing the structural basis for the metabolism of transition metals, critical cofactors in many biochemical reactions and possible source of pathology in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS.

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  • Pedro Sanchez

    Agronomist

    pioneering effective and economical solutions to problems of land productivity in some of the most arid regions of southern Africa.

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  • Lateefah Simon

    Women's Development Leader

    directing a distinctive program to assist troubled girls in their transition from delinquency and poverty to healthy adulthoods.

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  • Peter Sis

    Illustrator

    using watercolors, pen and ink, and oil pastels to produce works that are visually arresting and thought provoking.

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  • Sarah Sze

    Sculptor

    creating exuberant, gravity-defying work in tower-like formations that zigzag into the heights of gallery space.

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  • Eve Troutt Powell

    Historian

    focusing on the role of race in the social and cultural evolution of Egyptian identity and modern Islamic society.

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  • Anders Winroth

    Medieval Historian

    overturning long-standing interpretations of Gratian’s Decretum, one of the foundation blocks of contemporary canon and civil law.

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  • Daisy Youngblood

    Sculptor

    working clay and bronze to create contemporary forms that evoke the primitive, the timeless, and the universal.

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  • Xiaowei Zhuang

    Biophysicist

    tracking the behavior of individual molecules to understand basic biochemical processes like enzymatic action or viral infection in diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis.

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