Meet the 2013 MacArthur Fellows

  • Profile portrait of Kyle Abraham

    Kyle Abraham

    Choreographer and Dancer

    Exploring the relationship between identity and personal history through a unique hybrid of traditional and informal dance styles.

  • Profile portrait of Donald Antrim

    Donald Antrim


    Composing works of fiction and nonfiction that are characterized by tightly controlled prose juxtaposed with absurd and surreal events.

  • Profile portrait of Phil Baran

    Phil Baran

    Organic Chemist

    Inventing efficient, scalable, and environmentally sound methods for recreating in the laboratory natural products with potential pharmaceutical applications.

  • Profile portrait of C. Kevin Boyce

    C. Kevin Boyce


    Establishing links between ancient plant remains and present-day ecosystems through a pioneering and integrative approach to evolutionary plant biology.

  • Profile portrait of Jeffrey Brenner

    Jeffrey Brenner

    Primary Care Physician

    Creating a comprehensive health care delivery model that addresses the medical and social service needs of high-risk patients in impoverished communities.

  • Profile portrait of Colin Camerer

    Colin Camerer

    Behavioral Economist

    Expanding our knowledge of individual behavior and challenging models of human interaction that form the basis of classic economic theory.

  • Profile portrait of Jeremy Denk

    Jeremy Denk

    Pianist and Writer

    Engaging listeners and readers in a deeper appreciation of classical music through unmatched musical ability paired with an unusual eloquence with words.

  • Profile portrait of Angela Duckworth

    Angela Duckworth

    Research Psychologist

    Transforming our understanding of the roles that grit and self-control play in educational achievement.

  • Profile portrait of Craig Fennie

    Craig Fennie

    Materials Scientist

    Designing new materials, atom by atom, that have electrical, magnetic, and optical properties desirable for electronics and improved communication technology.

  • Profile portrait of Robin Fleming

    Robin Fleming

    Medieval Historian

    Drawing on archaeological and textual sources to provide fresh insight into the social, economic, and cultural lives of inhabitants of late Roman and medieval Britain.

  • Profile portrait of Carl Haber

    Carl Haber

    Audio Preservationist

    Developing new technologies for the preservation of rare, damaged, and deteriorating sound recordings of immense value to our cultural heritage.

  • Profile portrait of Vijay Iyer

    Vijay Iyer

    Jazz Pianist and Composer

    Forging a new conception of the practice of American music in compositions for his ensembles, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and scholarly work.

  • Profile portrait of Dina Katabi

    Dina Katabi

    Computer Scientist

    Working at the interface of computer science and electrical engineering to improve the speed, reliability, and security of data exchange, particularly in wireless networks.

  • Profile portrait of Julie Livingston

    Julie Livingston

    Public Health Historian and Anthropologist

    Combining archival research and ethnographic observation to illuminate largely ignored crises of care in both the developing and developed world.

  • Profile portrait of David Lobell

    David Lobell

    Agricultural Ecologist

    Unearthing richly informative, but often underutilized, sources of data to investigate the impact of climate change on crop production and global food security.

  • Profile portrait of Tarell McCraney

    Tarell McCraney


    Evoking a sense of our shared humanity in works that explore the diversity of the African American experience and imbue the lives of ordinary people with epic significance.

  • Profile portrait of Susan Murphy

    Susan Murphy


    Translating statistical theory into powerful tools for evaluating and customizing treatment regimens for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders.

  • Profile portrait of Sheila Nirenberg

    Sheila Nirenberg


    Investigating fundamental questions about the nervous system and developing new kinds of prosthetic devices and robots.

  • Profile portrait of Alexei Ratmansky

    Alexei Ratmansky


    Revitalizing classical ballet with a distinctive style that honors the past while infusing a modern sensibility to interpretations of the standard repertoire as well as his own works.

  • Profile portrait of Ana Maria Rey

    Ana Maria Rey

    Atomic Physicist

    Advancing our ability to simulate, manipulate, and control novel states of matter through fundamental conceptual research on ultra-cold atoms.

  • Profile portrait of Karen Russell

    Karen Russell

    Fiction Writer

    Blending fantastical elements with psychological realism to construct wildly imaginative settings and characters in tales of transformation and redemption.

  • Profile portrait of Sara Seager

    Sara Seager


    Adapting fundamental maxims of existing planetary science to create a comprehensive theoretical framework for determining the characteristics of planets beyond our solar system.

  • Profile portrait of Margaret Stock

    Margaret Stock

    Immigration Lawyer

    Finding solutions to complex immigration issues faced by military personnel and contributing to policy debates about the role of a healthy immigration system in ensuring national security.

  • Profile portrait of Carrie Mae Weems

    Carrie Mae Weems

    Photographer and Video Artist

    Examining the legacy of African American identity, class, and culture in cinéma vérité–style works that incorporate elements of folklore, multimedia collage, and experimental printing methods.

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24 Extraordinarily Creative People Who Inspire Us All: Meet the 2013 MacArthur Fellows

“This year’s class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity.” -- Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows program
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