Meet the 2002 MacArthur Fellows

  • Profile portrait of Bonnie Bassler

    Bonnie Bassler

    Molecular Biologist

    investigating the chemical signaling mechanisms that bacteria use to communicate with each other.

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  • Profile portrait of Ann M. Blair

    Ann M. Blair

    Intellectual Historian

    tracing the influence of technological advances, as well as political and religious upheavals, on the transmission and evolution of ideas during the Renaissance.

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  • Profile portrait of Katherine Boo

    Katherine Boo

    Journalist

    chronicling the stories of people struggling at the invisible margins of society.

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  • Profile portrait of Paul Ginsparg

    Paul Ginsparg

    Physicist

    revolutionizing scientific communication by providing a free service for publishing and reading research reports.

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  • Profile portrait of David B. Goldstein

    David B. Goldstein

    Energy Conservation Specialist

    maximizing efficiency by undertaking sound scientific analyses, designing economic incentives, and advocating progressive regulation.

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  • Profile portrait of Karen S. Hesse

    Karen S. Hesse

    Writer

    experimenting with form and subject matter to enrich and redefine literature for children and young adults.

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  • Profile portrait of Janine Jagger

    Janine Jagger

    Epidemiologist

    inventing new devices and monitoring systems to protect health care workers from transmission of blood-borne diseases.

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  • Profile portrait of Daniel Jurafsky

    Daniel Jurafsky

    Computer Scientist and Linguist

    improving the capacity for computers to process natural language by analyzing the syntax and usage of ordinary sentences.

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  • Profile portrait of Toba Khedoori

    Toba Khedoori

    Painter

    working meticulously in wax, oil, and pencil to create immense but delicate drawings on vast stretches of unframed paper.

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  • Profile portrait of Liz Lerman

    Liz Lerman

    Choreographer

    demonstrating that dance can build upon people’s experience to recreate their connections across ages and communities.

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  • Profile portrait of George E. Lewis

    George E. Lewis

    Composer, Performer, and Music Theorist

    bridging traditions and opening wide frontiers in experimental music.

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  • Profile portrait of Liza Lou

    Liza Lou

    Installation Artist

    creating large works of color and complexity that merge fine art and craft.

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  • Profile portrait of Edgar Meyer

    Edgar Meyer

    Bassist and Composer

    fusing classical and bluegrass styles to create an expansive repertoire of American music.

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  • Profile portrait of Jack Miles

    Jack Miles

    Writer and Biblical Scholar

    interpreting, through the genre of biography, the Bible as literary text with God and Christ as the principal characters.

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  • Profile portrait of Erik Mueggler

    Erik Mueggler

    Anthropologist and Ethnographer

    enriching understanding of ethnic minorities in China through vivid ethnographies of ordinary lives in provincial populations.

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  • Profile portrait of Sendhil Mullainathan

    Sendhil Mullainathan

    Economist

    explaining how limits on knowledge, willpower, and self-interest affect economic behavior.

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  • Profile portrait of Stanley Nelson

    Stanley Nelson

    Documentary Filmmaker

    synthesizing biography, history, and culture in signature portrayals of the African American experience.

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  • Profile portrait of Lee Ann Newsom

    Lee Ann Newsom

    Paleoethnobotanist

    gleaning new insights into prehistoric societies through analyses of fossilized plant remains.

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  • Profile portrait of Daniela Rus

    Daniela Rus

    Computer Scientist and Roboticist

    building innovative devices ranging from abstract information processors to self-reconfiguring robots.

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  • Profile portrait of Charles C. Steidel

    Charles C. Steidel

    Astronomer

    inventing new methods for detecting light from the most distant galaxies, opening a window into the early history of the universe.

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  • Profile portrait of Brian Tucker

    Brian Tucker

    Seismologist and Disaster Prevention Specialist

    designing low-cost methods to minimize structural failure and human injury from natural disasters in the developing world.

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  • Profile portrait of Camilo José Vergara

    Camilo José Vergara

    Photographer

    chronicling the transformation of urban landscapes across America.

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  • Profile portrait of Paul O. Wennberg

    Paul O. Wennberg

    Atmospheric Chemist

    developing new instruments and analytic methods for measuring and understanding the earth’s gaseous shell.

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  • Profile portrait of Colson Whitehead

    Colson Whitehead

    Writer

    experimenting with inventive plots weaving American folklore and history into freshly drawn contemporary stories.

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Twenty-Four MacArthur Fellows For 2002

Chicago, IL- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named 24 new MacArthur Fellows. Each will receive $500,000 in "no strings attached" support over the next five years.   "As the MacArthur Foundation approaches ... Read More