Meet the 2010 MacArthur Fellows

  • Profile portrait of Amir Abo-Shaeer

    Amir Abo-Shaeer

    Physics Teacher

    Inspiring and preparing public high school students for careers in science and mathematics through an innovative curriculum that integrates applied physics, engineering, and robotics.

  • Profile portrait of Jessie Little Doe Baird

    Jessie Little Doe Baird

    Indigenous Language Preservationist

    Reviving a long-silent language and restoring to her Native American community a vital sense of its cultural heritage and to the nation a link to our complex past.

  • Profile portrait of Kelly Benoit-Bird

    Kelly Benoit-Bird

    Marine Biologist

    Using sophisticated acoustic engineering technology to explore the previously invisible behavior of ocean creatures and address long-unanswered questions about the structure and behavior of food chains.

  • Profile portrait of Nicholas Benson

    Nicholas Benson

    Stone Carver

    Preserving the legacy of a centuries-old artistic tradition and expanding the art of hand letter carving with the beauty and craftsmanship of his own designs.

  • Profile portrait of Drew Berry

    Drew Berry

    Biomedical Animator

    Enhancing our understanding of a wide range of biological processes and systems by synthesizing data from a variety of fields into scientifically accurate, aesthetically rich visualizations.

  • Profile portrait of Carlos D. Bustamante

    Carlos D. Bustamante

    Population Geneticist

    Mining DNA sequence data to address fundamental questions about the mechanisms of evolution, the complex origins of human genetic diversity, and patterns of population migration.

  • Profile portrait of Matthew Carter

    Matthew Carter

    Type Designer

    Crafting letterforms of unequaled elegance and precision for a range of applications and media that span the migration of text from the printed page to computer screens.

  • Profile portrait of David Cromer

    David Cromer

    Theater Director

    Reinvigorating classic American plays with a spirit and urgency that eschews nostalgia and provides audiences with unexpectedly fresh and compelling theatrical experiences.

  • Profile portrait of John Dabiri

    John Dabiri


    Investigating the hydrodynamics of jellyfish propulsion, which has profound implications for our understanding of evolutionary adaptation and such related issues in fluid dynamics as blood flow in the human heart.

  • Profile portrait of Shannon Lee Dawdy

    Shannon Lee Dawdy


    Combining archaeological scholarship with historical preservation to reveal the dynamics of intellectual and social life in New Orleans from its establishment as a French colony to the present day.

  • Profile portrait of Annette Gordon-Reed

    Annette Gordon-Reed

    American Historian

    Enriching our understanding of colonial and early American interracial relations by disentangling the complicated history of two distinct founding families.

  • Profile portrait of Yiyun Li

    Yiyun Li

    Fiction Writer

    Dramatizing the myriad effects of late-twentieth-century China's sweeping social changes in a deeply moving, yet quietly understated, style of storytelling.

  • Profile portrait of Michal Lipson

    Michal Lipson

    Optical Physicist

    Working at the intersection of fundamental photonics and nanofabrication engineering to design silicon-based photonic circuits that are paving the way for practical optical computing devices.

  • Profile portrait of Nergis Mavalvala

    Nergis Mavalvala

    Quantum Astrophysicist

    Linking optics, condensed matter, and quantum mechanics in research that enhances our ability to detect and quantify gravitational radiation.

  • Profile portrait of Jason Moran

    Jason Moran

    Jazz Pianist and Composer

    Blending a variety of musical styles in genre-crossing performances that expand the boundaries of jazz expression.

  • Profile portrait of Carol Padden

    Carol Padden

    Sign Language Linguist

    Illuminating the unique structure and evolution of sign languages and the specific social implications of signed communication.

  • Profile portrait of Jorge Pardo

    Jorge Pardo

    Installation Artist

    Challenging the distinction between fine art and design, as well as the constraints of museum and gallery spaces, with visually seductive works at the intersection of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

  • Profile portrait of Sebastian Ruth

    Sebastian Ruth

    Violist, Violinist, and Music Educator

    Providing richly rewarding musical experiences and education for urban youth and their families while forging new roles beyond the concert hall for the twenty-first-century musician.

  • Profile portrait of Emmanuel Saez

    Emmanuel Saez


    Drawing on quantitative analyses, behavioral experiments, and theoretical insights to enhance our understanding of the relationship between income and tax policy.

  • Profile portrait of David Simon

    David Simon

    Author, Screenwriter, and Producer

    Crafting richly textured narratives that engage wide-ranging audiences and confront some of the most daunting challenges facing America’s urban centers.

  • Profile portrait of Dawn Song

    Dawn Song

    Computer Security Specialist

    Exploring the deep interactions among software, hardware, and networks to increase the stability of computer systems vulnerable to remote attack or interference.

  • Profile portrait of Marla Spivak

    Marla Spivak


    Protecting one of the world’s most important pollinators—the honey bee—from decimation by disease while making important contributions to our understanding of bee biology.

  • Profile portrait of Elizabeth Turk

    Elizabeth Turk


    Transforming her signature medium of marble, a traditionally monumental and prone-to-fracture material, into intricate, seemingly weightless works of art.

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23 New MacArthur Fellows Announced

MacArthur today named 23 new MacArthur Fellows working across a broad spectrum of endeavors.
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